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Lady Rams Fall to UT Dallas 2-0 – Saturday, September 04, 2010

On September 1, the HT Lady Rams took on the Lady Comets from UT Dallas. With a roster of 29 players and only four active freshman players, the NCAA Division III UT Dallas Comets brought to Austin a veteran team to face the Lady Rams with its roster of 17 total players, 12 of which are first year freshmen.
By all accounts, the Lady Comets should have expected to roll right over the Lady Rams, as they would do with the more experienced Northpark University Vikings just two days later with a 4-0 victory. However, those expectations never materialized.
From the onset, it became obvious to everyone that the Lady Rams came to play. With the defensive prowess of Senior Evelyn Guzman and a strong effort by Freshman goal keeper Haiydee Moran, the Rams would take the Comets to a 0-0 tie at the half.
The second half would begin just as the first half had, with strong a strong defensive presence by the Lady Rams. The first goal would come more than an hour into the game on a penalty in the box, which would lead to a direct penalty kick, giving UT Dallas a 1-0 lead. 15 minutes later, UT Dallas would score a second goal off of a well placed corner kick.
Neither goal came as the result of dominant play by one team over another. What the Lady Rams gave up in experience, they made up for in speed and tenacity. What they gave up in size, they made up for in heart. For those in attendance, the frustration could be seen on the faces of the UT Dallas players, as they were pressured the entire game by the Lady Rams.
One thing is for sure, the Huston-Tillotson Lady Rams are something special. The off season recruiting efforts of Head Coach Rebecca Devine are beginning to pay off and the City of Austin has another really good women’s soccer team in its midst.