This past weekend, the Duhawks went head-to-head with the Illinois Institute of Technology Scarlett Hawks in Chicago. The Duhawks proved victorious by the score of 12-3, earning their first of the 2014 season.
The Scarlet Hawks drew first blood, slipping a shot in the net within the first minutes of the game. But first-year midfielder Anna Schwalbe responded within 15 seconds, sending the ball passed IIT’s goalkeeper to even the score.
Soon after, the Duhawk’s offense took flight with sophomore Kaitlyn Kutsch scoring a program record nine goals for the Duhawks. Kutsch was a dominating factor in scoring and draw controls in the match.
First-year Hannah Nelson also chipped in with two goals of her own. On the defensive end, first-year goalie Claire Sheahan was solid for the Duhawk defense, racking up 10 saves throughout the match. Overall, Loras dominated the match in shots (28 to 17).
The Duhawks’ next game will take place next Saturday at home against Albion College. On the following Tuesday, March 25, the Duhawks will take on cross-town rival University of Dubuque, in a game that was rescheduled from this week due to weather.
“This win definitely builds our confidence before heading in to play University of Dubuque,” said head coach Emily Goetz. “We saw a lot of things we need to focus on in practice but it was great being able to implement our new defense and see where our weaknesses and strengths are. We will keep building on the defense this week.”
Goetz also emphasized the “pumped up” vibe she wanted to create for her the team. Recently, the Duhawks have seemed to respond to that vibe.
“I think we worked really well this weekend as a team,” said Sheahan. “We worked hard on our defense and transitions this past week during practice and it really paid off. We are really looking forward to our match against UD and coming in with a positive attitude will make all the difference in achieving another win.”
The Duhawks will look to continue the momentum off their most recent win next Saturday, March 22, against Albion and the following Tuesday against UD. The two games will mark the beginning of a seven game home-stand for the Duhawks.