Both men’s and women’s soccer teams kick off to a strong season
Sep12

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...

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Cru football prepares for the upcoming season
Aug29

Cru football prepares for the upcoming season

The first football game of the season is quickly approaching, and the Crusaders will face the Lions of Albright College in Reading, Pennsylvania for their first game on Saturday, Sep. 8, 2018. Fans are expecting another stellar season from the Crusader football team this year, mainly due to the fact that the team has gone undefeated in their regular season games for the past two seasons, and they have made it to the NCAA Division III Stagg Bowl in Salem, Virginia for the past two years. In 2016, the Cru went undefeated all season and defeated the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh 10-7 in the championship, winning the national title. In 2017, the Cru had another undefeated season, which brought them back to the Stagg Bowl. Unfortunately, they did not find similar success as they did the previous year, and they lost 12-0 to the University of Mount Union. There were twelve seniors on last year’s roster, and their presence and skill on the field will be missed by the team this season. Among these graduates is defensive tackle Haston Adams, who has reached a rare achievement by signing an NFL contract with the Arizona Cardinals. Last year, Adams recorded 4.5 sacks, 20.5 tackles for loss, three pass deflections and one forced fumble. These statistics earned him the title of American Southwest Conference Defensive Player of the Year. He played a pivotal role in last year’s defense, and his loss will be greatly felt by the Crusaders. However, the loss of Adams and the other seniors will not keep the team from success, as there are several key players that already stand out this season for their talent and abilities. One standout player to watch this season is senior wide receiver TJ Josey of Angleton, Texas. Last year, Josey had 930 receiving yards on 41 receptions, eight receiving touchdowns and an average of 62 yards per game. “He is a gifted athlete, very talented. He has the potential to break every receiving record UMHB has if he matches his stats from last year”, said Wallin. With the promising talent and great teamwork of the players, the future looks bright for the Cru, and the team is feeling confident about the possibilities for this upcoming season. Senior offensive lineman Eric Blair said, “We have each other’s back no matter what. We will prepare for each week the same way that we always have.” Wallin also had a positive forecast this team’s season. “Expectations are high, not only outside but inside the program as well. We have had two championship appearances two years in a row now. I would say the expectation for...

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