Here we are at the mid way through our 2013-2014 rugby season. We have had plenty of highs a couple of lows, but it's all been very good for all of us.
On Saturday, Dec. 7th, we will celebrate our 3rd annual Fall Banquet and Awards at Sonny Bryan's Smokehouse. The address is listed in the venue directions.
When we started out playing rugby 2 1/2 years ago, my thoughts were to do something to keep the players coming back in the spring, not knowing that we were going to be undefeated at that point in the year and didn't think it would be possible to be in nor win our first championship.
But here we are, 2 championships down and in the books, still undefeated and our girls are playing very good rugby as well.
If you aren't doing anything and are in the neighborhood, stop by and enjoy a couple of hours with the UT Dallas Rugby
Friday evening, your UT Dallas Men's Rugby Club took the field against cross town rival SMU. This was a special evening match to help ease the number of games on Saturday for referee assignment.
It was a pleasant break to what would be the end of the Fall season of rugby. The match kicked off on schedule, and SMU came out to make a statement. This SMU team showed more spirit than any of the past SMU sides we have faced and I personally haven't seen that kind of fire from them since my early years at SMU. But I'm no longer part of SMU, my focus in on the UT Dallas Comets.
The Line up:
1. Jonathan, 2. Daniel, 3. Maika, 4. John, 5. Chris, 6. AJ, 7, Elliott, 8. Ben, 9. Michael, 10. Cameron, 11. Graham, 12. Dominic, 13. Luke, 14. Alejandro, 15. Brian
Reserves - Vince in for Graham, Nicky in for Luke, Connor in for Daniel (all beginning of second half), Jake in for Ben with 30 minutes remaining, Alex in for Dominic with 20 minutes remaining.
The match was fierce, SMU came out with the intensity that I described earlier and 5 minutes into the match, they punched UT Dallas RFC in the face by grounding the first Try of the match. The try went unconverted and SMU got the ball back and proceeded to do what got them into scoring position a few minutes prior. UT Dallas had their goal line at their backs and they did exactly what they do best. Keep the opposition out of goal.
About the 15 minute mark, UT Dallas was able gain control of the ball and move down field with controlled ball moves. It was then that Dominic burst through the SMU defense and rumbled roughly35 yards for UT Dallas first Try of the game, Cam made the conversion and UT Dallas took the lead 7 to SMU's 5.
The game was a lot closer than the score showed, but it was UT Dallas that struck again, almost 5 minutes after Dominic's score, Scrumhalf Michael Shamoun picked up the ball from the back of a ruck and darted in and out of SMU defenders to score the second Try of the game. This time Brian took control of the conversion and slotted it between the sticks to take a 14 to 5 lead over SMU.
The second half came and a few changes were made, Vince made his return to Flyhalf, Nicky went in at Outside Center and Connor went in at Hooker. The match was played in this half the same way the first half was played with one exception, SMU scored no more in this half, they played well, but not good enough to stop UT Dallas. In this half Cameron made his trip back into goal with a Try of his own with about 20 minutes remaining in the game, the conversion was missed. Later in the half Vince made his debut on the scoring sheet, he slotted a penalty kick with about 15 minutes remaining. UT Dallas was in control and lead 22 to 5. But it was the UT Dallas forwards to again flex their muscle and first year prop Maika made his first trip into goal and grounded his first Try of his young rugby career and the conversion was missed. The match ended shortly after that, final score UT Dallas 29 - SMU 5.
It's sad to report, but I think the young men being mentioned here have grown up and are ready to accept their responsibility for their own actions. Chris, Conner will be taking some time off from rugby to focus on their classes and when the time is right, return to the rugby pitch and continue their run for whatever lies ahead of them. Kirollos will be taking the spring off to return to military duties, and a member of our club who we haven't seen, but I as well as a few others on this club has been in contact with Nate is taking some personal time off to take care of some personal things. I think that I can speak for the team, in saying we wish these young men all the best and the rugby door will always be open for them if and when they choose to return. They will always be a member of our UT Dallas Rugby family.
On Saturday evening your UT Dallas Women's Rugby Club took on the Texas State Women's Rugby. The match was billed as a good test for our ladies to see what they could do. Texas St. had played a few 15's matches and we thought we might be able to get a full side match against them, but that wasn't to be. Texas St. showed up with 10 players, so 10 a side was agreed upon.
Texas St. has been competing in the division I for the past number of years and they felt that they had graduated so many players that they would drop a couple of levels competitive wise, so they choose to join the Lonestar Conference.
The match kicked off at the scheduled time of 6:30 and the line up was:
1. Gisselle, 2. Lauren, 3. Natch, 4. Vic, 5. Laura, 6. Alyssa, 7. Rachael, 8. Judit, 9. Stephanie, 10 Aime
Reserves: Elyse in for Lauren, Ariel in for Natch, Chandria in for Vic, Alessandria in for Laura, Marie in for Aime
After the kick off, it became the Texas St. show, the lady Comets started out making a tackle or two, then Texas St. found the outside and scored. and scored and scored. The lady Comets couldn't get anything started or if they did couldn't finish, Texas St. was a good side and the many years of experience showed. This was and will be a good example of how we can use this for the future. The ladies played hard and should be rewarded for showing up, there are some members of the club that had legitimate reasons for not attending the game and that is how the game is played.
The final score Texas St. 100. UT Dallas 0
To all, the UT Dallas fall banquet and awards will be Saturday, Dec. 7th from 2 - 4pm, at Sonny Bryan's Bar B Que, the address will be posted on the Web site shortly.
On a cool November evening, your UT Dallas Rugby Club took on the University of Dallas in the second and final meeting of this season.
A single change to the line up was needed to be made and both Bear and myself were comfortable with our selections. The referee had gone through his pregame instructions and at 7:00pm the match began.
The line up.
1. Jonathan, 2. Conner, 3. Maika, 4. John, 5. Weston, 6. AJ, 7. Elliot, 8. Ben, 9. Michael, 10. Andrew, 11. Marc, 12. Alex, 13. Nicky, 14. Alejandro, 15. Brian
Replacements - Luke in for Andrew, Jake in for Conner
The first 20 minutes of the match was played in our half, UD already punched in the first Try 4 minutes in the match and they were looking to add more, but it was the UTD defense that did not allow any more points in the half or the game. In the attack, things took a while to get going, much of this because of freshman (1st year player) Michael Shamoun was making his debut at scrumhalf along side of freshmen Andrew Whiteis who has experience playing was working with Michael.
UT Dallas was able to get on the board finally with a Try from #8 Ben Bales, then on the next restart AJ took the ball and ran the length of the field to score the 2nd Try of the game, this time Alex was able to convert and UT Dallas took the lead 12 to UD's 5 at the end of the half.
But the half wasn't just about scoring, UT Dallas lost Flyhalf Andrew Whiteis to a broken collar bone and had to be replaced by Luke. I have spoken with him since and he is fine and should be available and back in action next spring.
The second half became the Anthony Paradowski show, AJ led the forwards and backs in defending and in attack. In this half alone AJ put up 3 more Trys on some fierce running and looking for any opportunities to help his team maintain their lead. Alex was also able to convert one of those Trys and add a Penalty kick. The final score UT Dallas 32, UD 5.
On the Women's side, they traveled to Beaumont to play Lamar University, while I'm waiting for a report on the UT Dallas Women's Rugby Club. I can tell you that they won their match 63 to 7. From the texts I got on in real time, the game was rocking in the mud. Trys were scored by Marie (4), Alyssa (3), Vic (2), Stephanie (2). Alyssa converted 1 Try and Marie converted 3 Trys. Once I get something from them, I promise to report that on this web site.
Next weekend will show case both our Men and Women on separate evenings of Rugby at home. This coming Friday, the Men take on SMU, kick off is scheduled for 7:00pm. The Women will take on Texas St on Saturday, kick off is scheduled for 6:30. More on these matche
On the first Saturday of November, your UT Dallas Rugby Club traveled to Longview, TX to face an up and coming team LeTourneau University. While traveling to Longview, every member of the club and coaches found themselves in a massive traffic jamb, what seemed like half of Texas was all going to Canton for 1st Monday Trade Days.
Once everyone got through the traffic of Canton, everything was smooth sailing to Longview. Once at LeTourneau everything began to fall into place. With our Captain - John out today because of a school project and Vice Captain - Vince still rehabbing his broken hand. AJ was selected as the Captain for the day, a responsibility he readily took on and shined. We also had a number of players not making the trip due to one reason or another, but this is why we practice. So that everyone can step up and produce on the field if another player is injured or can no longer play. And today was that test.
The Line up:
1. Jonathan, 2. Otto, 3. Maika, 4. Chris, 5. Eric, 6. AJ, 7. Mohammad, 8. Ben, 9. Cameron, 10. Andrew, 11. Marc, 12. Alex, 13. Nicky, 14. Graham, 15. Alejandro
Replacements: Nick P. in 2nd half for Nicky, Ryan in 2nd half for Maika, Joe, Elliott, Reece in the 55th minute for Graham, Mohammad, Andrew. Kirollos (Krow) and Brian in the 64th minute for Otto and Alejandro.
The match kicked off and was a good one to begin with. Both sides were testing each other, tackling, attacking and looking for good field position, but it was UT Dallas to get on the board first. AJ led his team with an explosive run up the middle of the field covering 80 yards, he and Alex (converting that Try) put UT Dallas 7, LTU 0. Basically we never looked back from that point.
While we were trying new things with a fresh back line, things were sometimes shaky, but they found ways of getting things done and found gaps in the LeTourneau back line, in their attack. But it was the forward pack that seemed to have the day. On the scrums, they flexed their muscle and was able to move their opponents backward a number of times. It was those same forwards that continued to win good ball for the backs, so they could continue to mount an attack. The first half came to a close with the score UT Dallas 26, LTU 6.
The second half began like the first half, both sides making small adjustments to their line up to find an edge in helping their side play better and keep the lead or regain their home field advantage. But on this day it wouldn't be LeTourneau that would be on top of the leader board, but they did manage to slot 2 Trys in this half, but that would be all for them. On the other side UT Dallas was able to ground 3 Trys of their own. When all was said and done, it was UT Dallas with another win, the final score UT Dallas 45. LTU 16.
Scoring Trys for UT Dallas - AJ ran in 3 on the day. Scoring 1 Try each was Ben, Andrew, Marc, Chris. Alex converted 5 of the 7 Trys.
Next weekend, both UT Dallas Rugby teams will be in action, the Women will be traveling to Beaumont to play Lamar University (scheduled Noon Kick Off) and the Men will be home, hosting UD (scheduled 7:00pm Kick Off) for the second game of the season.
Lamar has been fielding a consistant 10's side in the matches they've played, meaning they field 10 girls to play against 10 other girls. Instead of the 7 a side we've seen in the past few weeks. This will be a good challenge for our ladies and their first major road trip. We have a lot to prepare for, and I know they will be ready to play and have fun playing.
The men's match features a rematch with University of Dallas, what's funny is that a number of people this past week have been getting us UTD mixed up for UD. There is no comparison with them, we wear Green and Orange, share our field with soccer, and more important is there is Texas between the University and Dallas.
The last time we played each other it was a great match as usual with UT Dallas coming out on top and I expect the same next weekend.
This coming Saturday, 11/2/13, your UT Dallas Men travel to Longview to play LeTourneau University. This will be LeTourneau's second year in the Lonestar Conference and while they have faired well against other clubs in the conference. They haven't beaten the men in Green and Orange. In fact the first match of last season saw a raw but talented team come into Richardson and play some fine Rugby, and when we traveled to Longview for their first home game of the spring, we entered a hornets nest. Their fans were vocal, their play was up beat and in the end, they were the only club to hold us under 17 points.
I expect to see pretty much the same thing as last year in Longview, but the difference will be experience which is what they now have and like us, they will want to show that they are ready, willing and able to take control of the match and want to give UT Dallas our league first loss in 2 1/2 seasons.
But on the other hand, I don't think the lads are quite willing to give up this streak just yet. The way we played Colorado College with a good number of 1st year players all doing what they need to do to compete on a higher level. I think it will be a good game and we'll need as many fans to come out to Longview to equalize the home clubs fan base.
Directions to LeTourneau University is now posted in the "directions to venue" section of this web site.
The UT Dallas Women's Rugby Club has a well earned weekend off. They will be preparing for their first road match of this young season. Next weekend 11/9/13 they travel to Beaumont to play Lamar Women's Rugby Club
Saturday, your UT Dallas rugby clubs took on visiting Colorado College and TCU and hosted UT Austin in a day full of good rugby.
The first game put UT Austin Women against Colorado College Women in a very entertaining match, but it was UT Austin that proved to be the better side on this evening. I apologize to UT Austin and Colorado Women for not paying attention to the score, but UT Austin did win the match.
The next match put the UT Dallas Women vs TCU Women, TCU had transmitted to us earlier in the week that they would only be able to field a 7's team. Meaning that the 16+ ladies that we have wanting to play at UT Dallas would have to be split again.
The line up for this match #1:
1. Ariel, 2. Elyse, 3. Natch, 4. Alyssa, 5. Judit, 6. Emily, 7. Stephanie
Reserves: Melissa in for Ariel, Samantha in for Judit
The game was played, but it was TCU that made the attack, and put points on the board early and often. The UT Dallas ladies played hard, never gave up, but in the end it was all TCU. The final score was TCU 27, UT Dallas 7.
UT Dallas lone points were scored by Stephanie (Try) and Alyssa (Conversion)
The TCU Women vs UT Dallas Women second game was played after the UT Dallas Men's match. This match was a tale of 2 teams. They came out with a purpose and while UT Dallas had to give TCU one player because they were short. UT Dallas Women played much better in this game.
The line up for game 2:
1. Guadalupe, 2. Vic. 3. Laura, 4. Alyssa, 5. Lisa, 6.Samatha, 7. Marie
Cora played for TCU and played quite well, would have liked it if the teams we play all have enough players so that we don't have to give our players to every team coming in.
In this game, it was all UT Dallas, they ran, tackled did everything that was needed to bring home the win. The was an entertaining match to watch for those able to watch. I on the other hand had weather to watch out for and sure enough, the second half was called off because of lightning within 10 miles of the field.
With the game being called, there was mixed reactions to this TCU was happy to get away with a split and earn a single bonus point for the tie. Colorado College on the other hand wasn't so happy, more on that later.
Scoring for UT Dallas Ladies in the second game was: Trys - Lisa (1). Alyssa (1) and Alyssa converted her Try. The final score of the shortened match - UT Dallas 12, TCU 0
Originally scheduled was going to be UT Dallas Women vs Colorado College Women in our first full 15's rugby match. This was to be a friendly match, to give all the girls an opportunity to get some playing time, not only for UT Dallas Women but also for Colorado College. They had a number of ladies that hadn't had an opportunity to get in the first game of the day. Their coach wasn't at all pleased with the call to end the games because of lightning, but it wasn't in my control. And off Colorado College went into the night, while all the matches were good, hard, clean and entertaining, I doubt that we get another chance to host them again in the future.
Now for the UT Dallas Men vs Colorado College Men match of the day. Since we were hit with a number of players taken ill, we played the healthy players who showed up and this was a great opportunity for a lot of players that haven't gotten a lot of playing time, to get some serious time against this visiting college side.
The line up for this match:
1. Jonathan, 2. Connor, 3. Maika, 4. John, 5. Weston, 6. Matt, 7. Elliot, 8. AJ, 9. Andrew, 10. Reece, 11. Zach, 12. Alex, 13. Stephen, 14. Graham, 15. Joe.
Reserves: Dominic in for 10. Justin in for 14. Graham in for 15, Mohammad in for 7, Alejandro in for 11, Christian in for 6, Tommy in for 13, Daniel in for Tommy (played hooker, moved AJ to outside center)
In this match Colorado College was a bit more fluid in their attack that we were and that is something that I as the coach take the blame for. I thought we would be better prepared, but with so many of our starters out, the continuity we normally had was not present. On a positive note, this did open the eyes of a lot of players, they now know the importance of running hard, bringing defensive pressure and all around catching and passing before the opposite defense gets on top of them.
In all the match began not so good, but developed into a very good match to watch. Trys scored by UT Dallas - Weston (scoring his first Try in 2 1/2 years), AJ (1), Dominic, (1). Alejandro (1) and Alex converting 2 of the 4 trys. The final score UT Dallas 24, Colorado College 37.
On Nov. 2 - our ladies have the weekend off, so no rugby for them. But the UT Dallas Men travel to Longview to take on LeTourneau University in our 3 league match of the year.
I expect LTU to be a better team than the team we met last year, currently they are 1 - 1, beating MSU and losing to SMU. They gave us fits when we traveled to Longview last year and I fully expect them to bring us a game. Directions to Longview wil
A few weeks ago, I was approached by the coach at Colorado College, they were inquiring if we (UT Dallas Rugby Club) would be interested in hosting and playing against them.
This was an invitation that was too good of an opportunity to pass up, Working with Chris McAlpine in the Rec Sports to assure that we'd have a pitch to play on, the personel to line the field, trainers, referees and all that goes into scheduling a rugby match on the UT Dallas campus. We had a GO.
Colorado College has a fairly good Women's team and they were looking for some high level women's rugby, an invitation was sent to UT Austin, in which they replied with a yes as well and will make their first trip to the pitch at UT Dallas.
With all that being said, and the teams all knowing when and who they'll be playing. Here is the breakdown and schedule for the games that will be played this coming Saturday.
3:00pm - UT Austin Women vs Colorado College Women
4:40pm - UT Dallas Women vs TCU Women (7's style format)
5:00pm - UT Dallas Men vs Colorado College Men
5:40pm - UT Dallas Women vs TCU Women (7's style format)
7:00pm - UT Dallas Women vs Colorado College Women (25 or 30 minute halves)
The reason, you see UT Dallas Women vs TCU Women is that they do have a league match that has to be played out in the Lonestar Conference. 7's style format is two 7 minute halves with a one minute half time. So the ladies will get more than enough rest between games and before the Colorado College match.
This is a huge opportunity for us to show case our pitch, our university and our teams in front of UT Austin and against Colorado College. For some of you who may remember reading about or saw the University of Denver match last spring, you'll know that outside of Texas we are at a slight disadvantage in size. So this match would give us a preview of things to come, should we (and I expect us to) make it to the "Cowboy Cup" Qualifier next spring.
This will also be a great event for our girls to play the game as we have been practicing for but not getting the chance to play, a full 15's game of rugby. Colorado College's second side will be a good gage of where we've come from and may need to work on, but the idea of playing all the girls at the same time is exciting.
As usual if anyone should have any questions or comments, regarding the upcoming weekend, please contact me and I'll do my best to answer those questions.
See you Saturday.
Saturday, your UT Dallas Rugby Club's took the field, the Men played Midwestern State University (MSU) at 2:00pm and the Women took on Sam Houston State at 4:00pm
Since the guys took the field first, I'll start with them. The match kicked off 18 minutes late due to the fact that MSU was short players and waiting to see what they had and needed. In the end, UT Dallas gave MSU 4 players to begin the game with, Luke Lewis, Justin Thompson, Michael Shamoun and Joe Conover. These 4 guys played very well for MSU against their own team mates (they didn't want to do this, but they accepted it and played). MSU was very grateful for the fact that they were able to play.
1. JonathanHolms, 2. Conner Heaton, 3. Maika Mauga, 4. John Bradshaw, 5. Weston Hearne, 6. AJ Paradowski, 7. Elliot Zieba, 8. Chris Logan, 9. Andrew Whiteis, 10. Brian Martinez, 11. Marc Hudac, 12. Dominic Prestia, 13. Nicky DiCarlo, 14. Graham Horrell, 15. Alejandro Chinchilla
Replacements - Arturo Sifuentes for 11, Ben Bales for 7, Jake Pesnell for 8, Reese Willoughby for 10, Ryan Lawton in for 1, Otto Wilkinson in for 2, Alex in for 13, Daniel Eljuri in for 5, Mohammad Nadeem in for 6, Matt Bolivar in for 9MSU's forward pack was very much a formidable opponent as they usually are and both packs played very well on the day, but it was the complete efforts of the UT Dallas Rugby Club in their play that was the difference. UTD was able to mount an attack often and with a punch. We used the entire field and did some really good things, but all while these good things were going happening, we still managed to pull off a few mental errors (something we'll continue to work on).
Scoring came often, Trys were scored by the following players: Dominic (2), Elliot, Nicky, Alex, Marc, Daniel, Ben, Arturo all scored a Try each, Brian converted 3 of the Trys and Andrew converted 1. The score at the end of the first half UT Dallas 31, MSU 5.
In the second half a number of replacements were made in the efforts of getting new players game time experience, since the game was basically in the books. Those replacements played very well and it was a good thing for all players involved. The final score of the match, UT Dallas 55, MSU 17.
The second match of the day, pit the UT Dallas Women against the Sam Houston St. Women (SHSU). This match kicked off on time and was since SHSU could not field a 15's side, it was agreed that we would play 10's and 25 minute halves.
While SHSU plays in the Lonestar Conference, they are a relative new team but have been around off and on for the past 5 years of so. It was that experience that was the difference in the women's game.
The Line up:
1. Melissa Gilbreath, 2. Elyse McCoy, 3. Guadalupe Villanueva, 4. Lisa Sturm, 5. Veronica (Natch) Rodriguez, 9. Alyssa Gelman, 10. Rachel Willauer, 11. Judit Guzman, 12. Stephanie Marek, 14. Marie Imperial
Replacements in the 2nd half: Victoria Wobser for Natch, Laura in for Elyse, Emily in for Stephanie
The women played very well for their second 10's match and like it was stated earlier, it was SHSU's experience that led them to the victory. These women didn't give up, they continued to play hard, they tried to score as often as they could, they continued to tackle SHSU players every chance they had or could. But it wasn't going to be the fairy tale ending like the men had, your UT Dallas Women were beat by SHSU 79 to 17.
Trys scored by UT Dallas Women: Alyssa, Stephanie and Marie all ran in one Try. Alyssa was able to convert one of those Trys.
Next weekend Colorado College is bringing their Men and Women to Texas to play a series of matches. They will play Texas Tech (Men and Women on 10/25/13) then drive to Richardson to take on UT Dallas and a guest UT Austin in a series of matches. This was originally set up for the men of both schools to get valuable experience against each other, but it grew into involving the women to get that same experience.
This coming weekend (10/26/13) will be a full smorgasbord of Rugby, with the following schedule:
3:00pm - UT Austin Women vs Colorado College I
3:40pm - UT Dallas Women vs TCU Women (1)
5:00pm - UT Dallas Women vs TCU Women (2)
5:15pm - UT Dallas Men vs Colorado College Men
5:55pm - UT Dallas Women vs TCU Women (3 if needed)
7:00pm - UT Dallas Women vs Colorado College Women
For the men, a match like this could be valuable if/when we advance on to the "Cowboy Cup", the women of UT Dallas should get their first opportunity to play a 15's match. This weekend should be one of the best weekends to watch rugby in the Richardson area since last spring
This coming weekend, October 19th both the guys and girls will be playing. The guys will take on Midwestern State University (MSU) at 2:00pm and the girls will be playing Sam Houston State University at 4:00pm.
MSU has always been a tough team to prepare for and play, they have quite the talent pool and especially their gifted Prop Simbaresh or Simba as we who know and call him. Currently MSU has a 1 win and 1 loss record with a win over SMU and the loss coming from LeTourneau, I truly expect them to come out and play their usual style of game. Forwards bang hard, ruck and maul hard, then give the ball to their speedy Wings.
We must play a complete game this coming weekend and cannot allow MSU to be in it early, this is a dangerous team.
This coming weekend, we will be without a couple of players due to family obligations or school, we will continue to play those that want and are ready to play. Last weekend, I was able to sub in 7 players into the match and I'm looking to do the same this weekend with 7 different players.
The UT Dallas Women will be playing Sam Houston State after the men's game. Not much is known about the Sam Houston Women except they are talented and have experience. This could be what our girls need to see how far they have progressed. I know they'll be able to put on the same kind of game they played against Rice University 2 weekends ago.
Sam Houston will be traveling with about 13 ladies, therefore we'll probably play 10's (meaning 10 players on each side, instead of the usual 7's or 15's as many of you are used to watching with the men).
I'm looking forward to this opening weekend with both teams in action after each other, since we didn't get that opportunity 2 weeks ago.
If anyone has any questions or comments, feel free to contact me and I'll do my best to answer them for you.
Yesterday, your UT Dallas Rugby Club (men) took on the University of Dallas in Irving. The day started in a quandary with the newly voted captain coming down with a bad case of the flu and was not able to suit up for the UD match. Also the President and Vice President of the club wasn't at the game to help get the lads in order before kick off. But no worries, with all the players there the new leaders took over, Cameron and AJ got the lads ready to play.
The kick off went on schedule, but it was UD that took advantage of the situation. They game out and threw things at us, and we responded like we had never seen anything like this before. UD slotted the first Try and conversion of the game in the first 3 minutes. When they got the ball back from the restart, they attempted to do it all over again, except this time and every time after, the lads tightened their defense to keep UD out of the goal line.
The line up:
1. Jonathan, 2. Connor, 3. Maika, 4. Chris, 5. Weston, 6. AJ, 7. Elliot, 8. Jake, 9. Cameron, 10. Andrew, 11. Michael, 12. Luke, 13. Marc, 14. Alejandro, 15. Brian
Replacements: Tommy Tran in for 11. Mohammad Nadeem in for 2 both in for the second half. Stephen McMahon in for 13 and Matt Bolivar in for 5 both in with about 30 minutes left in the match. Nate Pyle in for 3, Ryan Lawton in for 1, Daniel in for 8 with about 20 minutes left in the game.
The match was fast and furious, both sides were testing each other, but it was our lads that finally got on the board 15 minutes into the match. This also began a furious volley of Trys from the lads in Green, within the span of 25 minutes, they slotted 4 more Trys and 2 conversions. This seemed to take the wind out of UD sails, but it was also the non efforts of the ref that decided a whole lot more. That's all I'll say about the ref. Back to the game. The first half ended with UT Dallas up 29 to UD's 7.
The second half began pretty much like the first, with the exception that UT Dallas was playing more inexperienced players to get them serious game experience. UD threw everything they had at us and we responded with a bend but not break. This half also had our second Red Card in 3 years, Nate was issued this card for protecting himself. Again it was the referee and referee coach that missed everything and only saw the retaliation by Nate. Words were spoken to both during and after the match, but it's done. I'm proud of Nate for protecting himself when things got that way and wish the referee had managed the match better. His eval will be sent with a GLOWING recommendation.
Both UT Dallas and UD managed to put another Try on the board but it was a little a little to late for UD to mount any kind of attack to change the outcome.
The final score UT Dallas 34, UD 14. Trys were scored by AJ (2), Cameron (3), Luke (1) and Brian converted 2 of the Trys.
This coming weekend is a home game for both the lads and lasses. The lads take on Midwestern State University at 2:00pm and the lasses play Sam Houston State at 4:00pm.
Currently I don't have any kind of scouting reports on either team, but I do know both will be coming here to try and spoil both teams so far undefeated season