by Alex Rhomberg
Woman’s soccer had themselves a successful run of soccer last week taking home 3 wins to add to their record. The lady Duhawks took on Wisconsin Lutheran away on Saturday, Sept. 15 and had a dominating performance. Within minutes, shots were coming on goal by sophmore Kiki Cabrera and soon found their way to the back of the net by sophomore Brynn Jacobi in the ninth minute. The game stayed in Loras’ favor with two goals from first-year Ryleigh O’Brien in the 26th and 20th minute. The Duhawks went into the half leading 17-0 in shots and 3-0 on the scoreboard. Not long after the start of the second half, Cabrera sent home another goal for Loras off the crossbar. In the 68th minute, first-year Abby Reding put up her first career goal off a kick from first-year Hannah Mirimanian. The 82nd minute brought junior Megan McElmeel her first goal as a Duhawk and put Loras up 6-0 for the final score. The game was overall a powerful display of excellence from the Duhawks.
Next, the women took on Carroll University away on Sunday, Sept. 16, which proved to be a tougher task than from the day prior. The Duhawks came out attacking with a shot from junior Grace Ross off of senior Gretchen Shutz’s corner kick in the 5th minute. Carroll quickly returned the favor and put Loras College on the defensive, but all was changed with shots from Cabrera and Schutz in the 23rd and 25th minutes. The game was all but a stalemate until halftime with shots coming from Schutz and first-year Emily Perhats before the whistle. Loras lead the Pioneers 6-1 in shots at the half. Shutz led the Duhawks right out of the gate with another shot in the 49th minute. A shot from Cabrera that barely missed followed in the 54th minute. In the 82nd minute, Carroll was the first to strike scoring a goal off a free kick. The Duhawks hadn’t given up with a goal by junior Jenny Wick assisted by Schutz in the 89th minute to take the game to overtime. Overtime produced yet another even competition until a goal by Wick in overtime put the Duhawks ahead. The game ended for Loras in a 2-1 overtime victory and an undefeated weekend.
On Tuesday, Sept. 18, the Duhawks took on the North Central Cardinals at home. Again, Loras came right out of the gate with a goal by Jacobi assisted by Cabrera in the second minute. North Central won a penalty kick in the 15th minute, but junior Kaylee Coble denied the shot keeping the score at 1-0 in Loras’ favor. Loras continued to pressure the North Central defense for the rest of the half, but with no goals as a result. The Duhawks came out strong in the second half with a 52nd minute goal by Cabrera to make the score 2-0. Coble kept the score stable with a great save against the Cardinals in the 68th minute. The rest of the game was fairly even for both sides and ended 2-0 for the Duhawks.