Dallas, Tx - After losing five straight matches to open the season, including dropping the lone conference match 1-6 to top 10 Kansas Christian College, the Crusader soccer team was in need of a lift. That lift came in the form of weekend back to back home conference matches against a one win Ozark Christian College team and a zero win Southwestern Adventist University squad. On Saturday the Crusaders welcomed the Ambassadors of Ozark to campus for an early 11:00 am start. The match started off with a bang as the Crusaders scored three goals in the first 20 minutes of the match. Angel Quintero began the scoring barage with an unassisted goal in the 10th minute followed by another unassisted goal from Cristian Granja Guzman nine minutes later. The Crusaders were not finished for the half there as Quintero bagged a second goal one minute later to put the score at 3-0. The match would continue to the halftime horn without anymore scoring.
The second half scoring line began with the Ambassadors getting on the board in the 76th minute with a Colton Leinbach score to bring the score to 1-3. Justin McBride would answer six minutes later for the Crusaders pushing the score to 4-1. With the game all but over the Ambassadors would notch one more goal before the final whistle to bring the final score to 4-2 in favor of Dallas Christian. The victory over Ozark Christian stands as the first victory in the 2018 campaign as well as the first conference win.
"I'm proud of our guys," said Coach Uyokpeyi. "They played hard in the first half and the scoreboard reflected that effort. The second half effort was not perfect, but we are young and we are learning."
The Sunday match found the visitors from Southwestern Adventist University on campus for a late afternoon kick off. The Crusaders would come out on fire with Jose Diaz getting on the board before the five minute mark. The Crusaders didn't stop there as they continued to light up the scoreboard en route to a 10-0 victory over the Knights. Multiple Crusaders scored on the day with Jose Diaz and Justin McBride both notching hat tricks while Dago Fuentes and Fernando Vaquera each netted a pair of goals. The win is the second of the weekend and second of the year for the Crusaders who move to 2-1 in conference play and 2-5 overall.
The work doesn't stop there for the young team as they head to Moore, Ok for another conference match with region rival Randall University on Thursday Oct. 4 before returning home to host regional foe Manhattan Christian College on Saturday Oct. 6. The Thunder defeated the Crusaders in September. With two wins this upcoming week the Crusdaders could see their conference standing vault as high as second with one game in region play remaining. A second place finish in the SW Region standings would earn the team a bye at the region tournament in November.
"We have a long way to go. I'm proud of our effort this week and it feels good to put a number in the win column. We will know a lot about who we are here after these next two games," commented Coach Uyokpeyi.