The University of Dallas’ women’s soccer team continues to flourish in sisterhood as they welcome their freshmen players. Last year, the Crusaders made it to the SCAC Semifinals against Trinity University who is considered one of the hardest teams within the conference and a long standing threat. Although these results were achieved by last year’s seniors, this pool of freshmen athletes show much potential to the team as a whole.
The coach of the women’s soccer team, Lexi Stinson, expressed, “We lost seven seniors last year, which is about a third of the team, so it is drastically different but we had a lot of new players and young players come in and play pretty heavy minutes and make an influence—an impact—already so I’m anticipating them to do well in the conference and the conference tournament.”
Within the past few years, UD’s women’s soccer program has been inching closer in qualifying and competing within the conference championships. With such a strong foundation from the upperclassmen and the raw influence the freshmen bring, who knows if this could be their lucky year to start a new tradition.
These Crusaders’ lifestyles are very intense with nearly half of its players pursuing a S.T.E.M. or psychology major. Their commitment to time-managing a student-athlete’s lifestyle in a university setting is difficult, especially for the freshmen. Nevaeh Coronado, a freshman biology major, shared a personal experience on her struggles and how the coach supported her transition into a university-level.
Coronado said, “It was a little struggle getting used to time management and everything in class but so far I have gotten better at it and the team has helped me a lot. Coach Lexi has helped me a lot when I went to her to talk about my time management and scheduling. She actually helped me drop a course because I was taking a lot of credits.”
The upperclassmen also helped out the freshmen by giving advice and providing homework aid in specialized courses. Their close bond with the freshmen inspired them to have another motivation when competing. Heather Reyna, a freshman aspiring psychology major and #15, mentioned that the goalie, Kaitlyn Vess, has been a great support system for her.
“For me, for the conference, my goal is honestly to win but mostly because I want the seniors to have a good year,” Reyna commented. “That’s my goal for the team: to win for them.”
The traits of the women’s soccer team revolve around appreciation and selflessness both in the classroom and on the field. As role models, their influence contributes to UD’s culture of unity.
Grace Reyna, a freshman deciding between art and business major and #11, shared, “I hope that people just get inspired by our team and know how much we do for the school like whether it’s just putting UD out there and showing other people from our conference like ‘Hey! We are here and we are super academic and smart but we still get it done on the field too!’”