Women’s soccer had another road game this past Saturday, Oct. 13 against Simpson College in another conference showdown. The confidence for the team has recently been rising with continuous wins both at home and on the road. Matt Pucci, head women’s soccer coach said,
“The team was very confident entering today’s away match. We had a good result this past Wednesday on the road against UW Oshkosh which put us in a good position mentally for today’s match away from the Rock Bowl.” With a tally of growing wins, Loras had everything to lose, but were determined to not slip up in another conference matchup.
The Duhawks came out strong as always with shots on goal by juniors Jenny Wick and McKenna Lloyd early in the game. The attack wasn’t all in Loras’ favor with shots coming from Simpson as well early on. The 18th minute brought a goal by Wick assisted by sophomore Brynn Jacobi. Shots continued to fly from both teams, with no one finding the back of the net. Finally, in the 33rd minute, senior Gretchen Schutz put away her eighth goal of the season to give the Duhawks a 2-0 lead. The rest of the half brought plenty of efforts and substitutions from both sides, but the half ended with no additional goals.
Loras came out strong in the second half with plenty of shots on goal coming from junior Genna Sobieszcyk, senior Elizabeth Mills, Jacobi, and Schutz. The 57th and 61st minute brought back to back goals by first-year Ryleigh O’Brien and Schutz to give the Duhakws a 4-0 lead. Plenty of substitutions by both Loras and Simpson followed. Junior Taylor Travato scored her first goal of the season and added another goal to the Loras tally in the 71st minute. Loras held the attack for a majority of the rest of the game and concluded in the 89th minute with a goal by sophomore Valentina Tafur, her first of the season.
Coach Pucci felt as though the game went well overall. After the match he said, “The game went really well for being away. We came out and ended the half ahead, but we played much better in the second half. As a result, we were able to put the game away and walk away with the win.” The bench also played a huge part in Saturday’s game, Pucci said, “It was nice being able to get everyone on the field today. We scored some nice goals which is always great for both the players and the fans. Keeping a shutout on the road in a conference game was very positive and will keep our confidence high going into our next game.” The women will prepare to play Coe College away on Saturday, Oct. 20.