This past Friday, the University of Dallas women’s soccer team faced off against conference opponent Texas Lutheran University (TLU). The wet and muddy field conditions hampered both teams, as the game ended in a 0-0 draw.
The Crusaders were out-shot by TLU 26-16, and Dallas put 5 on target while TLU managed 11. Junior midfielder Elisa Duran from Pomona, Calif., tested the TLU goalkeeper with 6 shots of her own, and senior midfielder Mason Cosgrove from Las Cruces, N. M., managed 4 shots. Sophomore Cailey Griffin from Corryton, Tenn., also recorded 2 shots.
“We were able to get a positive result against TLU,” commented head coach of the Crusaders, Lexi Stinson. “The rain and mud made the game difficult but we battled the whole game and got a good shutout.”
Junior goalkeeper Olivia Severson from La Crosse, Wis. played all of regulation and during both overtimes for Dallas in goal. She recorded 10 huge saves to keep a clean sheet for the Crusaders. This was the second time this season the Crusaders have prevented a goal in a game, the other time happened when Dallas defeated Schreiner at home 1-0.
The one ball that nearly ended the UD shutout came in the 77th minute, as TLU forward Raquel Morris beat Severson on a shot rolling along the ground, but the ball got stuck in the mud and stopped two yards short of the goal. The ball was then cleared away by the Dallas defense.
The weekend was off to a positive start; Dallas hoped to carry their momentum into Sunday’s final home game against Southwestern University.
This past Sunday, the University of Dallas women’s soccer team faced off against Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) opponent, Southwestern University. On the final home game of the season for the Dallas women’s team lost 3-0.
Southwestern out-shot the Crusaders 19-8, and the visitors recorded 11 shots on target while Dallas only had 1. The three goals for Southwestern came in the second half in the 50th, 70th, and 74th minutes.
Two Crusaders recorded multiple shots during the contest. Junior midfielder Elisa Duran from Pomona, Calif., led the team with 3 shots of her own, and Monica O’Donnell from Lincoln, Neb., had 2.
“Sunday was more challenging due to tired legs and injuries, but we still had some very bright moments,” said Head Coach Lexi Stinson. “We controlled possession at times, we just have to do that a bit more.”
The game marked the last home game for six seniors on Dallas, and each was recognized for their contribution to the program before the game.The six seniors included: Sydney Sterling from McLean, Va. Kasaundra Eason from Henderson, Nev., Sarah Gamble from Allen, Texas, Katia Guzman from Pearland, Texas, Mason Cosgrove from Las Cruces, N.M. and Mariana Burciaga from Forney, Texas.
Former player and student assistant Samantha Deitschel was also among the seniors honored before the game.
Junior goalkeeper Olivia Severson from La Crosse, Wis., played all 90 minutes in goal for the Crusaders, and registered seven saves.
After both weekend, the Crusaders overall record moved to 3-8-3 with a conference record of 2-6-2. Dallas currently sits in 6th place in the conference standings and it will be determined in the next weekend if they make it into the SCAC tournament.