The University of Dallas Women’s Soccer (UDWS) team concluded their 2017 season this past week with a win and a loss.
Thursday, the Lady Crusaders matched up against the Lady Knights of Southwestern Adventist University in Fort Worth, Texas. The Lady Crusaders had a strong showing and won 4-0.
UDWS wasted no time getting on the scoresheet just 42 seconds into the game. Freshman Lexi Tocci notched a goal, the first collegiate goal of her career. Freshman Whitney Jackson then doubled the lead in the 11th minute with her fourth goal of the season. The Lady Crusaders were able to put one more away before the first half ended as sophomore Elisa Duran scored in the 16th minute.
The second half continued with more of the same as the Lady Crusaders dominated in all areas of the game. They outshot Southwestern Adventist 33-0 throughout the game and found the fourth goal at the hour mark. Junior Mason Cosgrove scored the goal off an assist from junior Mariana Burciaga.
Seniors Tori Fleharty and Elena Naccari split the game in goal with neither keeper having to record a save.
Saturday was a special day, as it was the Lady Crusaders’ senior game, which meant seven seniors played their last game for UD. Lauren Hood, Samantha Haeick, Aileen Machado, Mackenzie Vasile, Sarahi Osorio, Naccari and Fleharty were the seven seniors who were honored.
UDWS took on McMurry University but fell 2-1 after the 90 minutes of regulation.
Vasile scored the lone goal for UDWS, her third of the season, from an assist by Duran. However, the Warhawks powered back late with two goals in the final 12 minutes of regulation to win the game.
Hood, senior captain, is able to look back on her past four years of collegiate soccer with nothing but positive memories.
“The girls were the best part about playing, obviously,” Hood said. “Although, just being allowed to continue playing the sport I love this long was a blessing, and I am truly grateful I had the opportunity.”
Hood’s sentiment reflects perfectly on what it means to be a student-athlete here at UD. The student-athletes are here for a great education, friendships to last a lifetime, and to continue playing the sport they love.
Although UDWS may not have gotten the game results they wanted this season, they still succeeded in creating a positive and lasting impact for all members of the team.