Late Goals Result in Pirate Loss
GEORGETOWN, Texas - The University of Dallas scored two goals in the final 18 minutes of the game to hand Southwestern their second conference loss of the season on Sunday, 2-1.
Southwestern came out strong to set the tempo and got a great look at goal that was saved by the post. Rebecca Petro had a perfect cross to Paige Duggins in the box, but her one touch shot was just a shade wide as it careened off the post.
The frustration for Dallas was evident as they picked up the physical play as the first half wound to a close and UD's efforts began to pay off as they got a few close looks at goal, but Nonaka and the Pirate defense were as sharp as ever to keep the game scoreless.
SU came out aggressive in the second half and got a great opportunity in the first minute as Duggins played a superb through ball past the UD defensive line. Her pass was being run down by Petro and forced Hasson off the line and slide to break-up the goal scoring opportunity.
On a transition Allie Dillon was tackled and fouled just outside the box in the 63rd minute to the left of the goal, resulting in the opportunity the Pirates were searching for. Jakszta lofted a perfect ball into the box to Duggins who headed the ball home to the left of the outstretched UD keeper to give SU a much deserved 1-0 lead.
Dallas began to push back and got the equalizer with 17 minutes to play as Nichole Johnson played the ball through SU's defense to Claire Sexton, placing her one-on-one with Nonaka in goal. Nonaka was forced off the and just before she got to the ball Sexton touched the ball to the left and into the back of the net, tying the game 1-1.
With just under ten minutes to play the Crusaders scored the go-ahead goal. After a Southwestern foul ten yards from midfield UD received a free kick and used it to their advantage as Emily Rogers launched the ball deep into the Pirates' box. Johnson ran down the lofty kick that fell just inside the goal line and headed it home for the game winner.
Dallas took 16 shots to the Pirates eight and had five corners while allowing Southwestern none. Nonaka picked up five saves in goal while Hasson recorded four.
The loss drops SU to 1-8 on the year and 0-2 in the SCAC. They remain at home to face non-conference opponent Howard Payne University Tuesday night at 7 p.m.