Crusaders Tie Texas Lutheran on a Wet Friday Night

Crusaders get a point in the conference standings.
Crusaders get a point in the conference standings.

IRVING, Texas – The University of Dallas women's soccer team competed with a strong Texas Lutheran University team to a 0-0 draw on a wet Friday night. Facing rainy conditions throughout the week, including most of Friday; the Crusaders (3-7-3, 2-5-2 SCAC) kept TLU (6-5-2, 5-4-1 SCAC) off the board and made the most of the sloppy playing surface late in the conference season.

It was a competitive first half on both sides, with neither team gaining many opportunities due to the difficulty of moving the ball. TLU held a narrow 9-8 edge in shots with the score tied at 0-0 in intermission. Elisa Duran (Pomona, Calif.), who took a team-high six shots, would post UD's first shot on goal in the 20th minute. She tallied a trio of shots in a row near the end of the stanza, as two were blocked back to her and then the final lifted wide.

The Bulldogs dominated the offensive chances in the second half, with a 13-2 difference on shots and eight corner kicks to none. Still, Dallas' defense held strong, with goalkeeper Olivia Severson (La Crosse, Wis.) handling 10 saves in her sixth career shutout. The junior garnered five per half during the regulation periods, and worked her second clean sheet on the season – both SCAC matches.

TLU's best chance came from Raquel Morris, who had a shot get punched out by Sydney Stirling (McLean, Va.) at the last instance to preserve the knotted game in the 77th minute. Severson followed that with three saves. The Bulldogs were relentless ending the half with four corner kicks in the last four minutes of regulation. This includes a trio after Morris had the final shot that half blocked.

Both teams exchanged shots in the first overtime, and then the Crusaders responded in the last 10-minute frame with a 5-3 edge for the lone time they outdid them in that category. TLU's goalkeeper Stephanie Barrientos maintained her clean sheet with a pair of stops to UD's Mason Cosgrove (Las Cruces, N.M.) and Duran.

The Crusaders only used 14 players during the 110-minute marathon.

Dallas has now tied two of its last three matches, and was its first game to go extra time at home this campaign. Prior to tonight's draw, UD had posted its last home tie result on October 4, 2015, versus Austin College. The Crusaders had finished seven ties in between those results at other venues.



Dallas wraps up the 2018 home slate on Sunday with Senior Day versus Southwestern University at around 2 p.m.