The women's soccer team fell to the University of Dallas on Salamone Field on Sunday afternoon, 2-1. Facing the Crusaders for the first time as a conference member, the Petrels jumped to a 1-0 lead in the first half but could not make it hold up in the second en route to the narrow defeat.
In just the game's seventh minute Oglethorpe grabbed the lead on a highlight reel goal when Sasha Alonzon played a beautiful through ball down the right flank that Clara St. Urbain touched past two Dallas defenders and cracked into the top left corner from 20 yards out. Lifted by the tally, Oglethorpe played solid throughout the remainder of the half and entered the break with the 1-0 advantage.
The Crusaders, however, rallied with two second strikes within 8 minutes of one another. The first came in the 65th minute off a corner that fell 2 yards from the goal and was stabbed in by Dallas. The second came in the 73rd minute on an unassisted strike from Michelle Carpenter off a ball sent in from the left that went untouched.
The Petrels mustered a few breath-taking chances in the dying minutes but could not get the equalizer they so eagerly sought.
The Petrels are now 1-5-1 on the season and will travel to face Hendrix College this Friday at 6:00 p.m. in Conway, Arkansas.