Both men’s and women’s soccer teams kick off to a strong season

The UMHB men’s and women’s soccer teams each had a two-game stretch over the weekend of Sep. 1. The women’s team had played two exhibition games prior to these first games of the season. In those games, they won 2-0 against Huston Tillotson University and tied in a scoreless game against Schreiner University.
The women’s team kicked off their regular season on Friday night, Aug. 30, against Southwestern University at home. The defense shined, only allowing Southwestern one shot on goal. The Southwestern Pirates also did a great job on defense, with 13 saves on 16 shots on goal. However, the Crusader offense overwhelmed the Pirates, and UMHB won the game 3-0.
The team continued their two-game stretch on Saturday night against the Texas Lutheran Bulldogs. This was the second consecutive home game of the season for the Crusaders. The game was a hard-fought battle between the two teams all the way to the end. Texas Lutheran’s defense stepped up to the occasion by recording ten saves against the Cru’s nine shots on goal. For the second game in a row, the Cru’s defense was exceptional, only allowing four shots on goal. These teams were very well matched, so much so that the game was forced to go into double overtime. Ultimately, the game resulted in a 1-1 tie.
On Friday, Aug. 30, the men’s soccer team played their first season game against the University of Puget Sound at Tyler, Texas. The team was spectacular on defense, only allowing one shot on goal and five total attempted goals. The Cru’s offense was also impressive. They had eleven shots on goal, and scored two of them. The Cru defeated Puget Sound 2-1 in double overtime. Freshman forward Tyson Beechum from Waxahachie said, “We felt calm and collected. We played a great game both periods, and we knew we could keep that up. We knew what the goal was and what we had to do to get to that goal, to leave the game with a win.”
On Sunday, the team played their second game of the weekend against the University of Dallas at home. The Crusaders took the lead early in the game, with Martin Lopez scoring in the first period from 35 yards out. The Cru had eleven goal attempts in total, and ended up winning the game 1-0. After their first two games, the team remains undefeated.

Author: Beau Kemp

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