The Duhawks took on Nebraska Wesleyan in an American Rivers Classic at the Rock Bowl on Saturday. The weather looked to be a problem for both teams as the temperature dropped accompanied by cloudy skies and light showers.
“When adjusting to the Iowa weather changes, it’s always tough because you don’t know what you are going to get. We do know that we need to be mentally strong so that things such as the weather don’t affect our performances,” Said Matt Pucci, head women’s soccer coach, on the issues of Iowa weather.
Senior Gretchen Schutz was one of the many players this season to have herself a star-strutted game. Schutz scored goals for the Duhawks in the 14, 65, and 70 minutes, ending the game with a hat trick.
“Gretchen was one of the handful of players who played a great game! She is always dangerous in the attack and fortunately she was getting good looks and finishing them this weekend. She did really well, I couldn’t really take her off the field today. That’s the standard I hold her at, and overall it was quiet a game. We expect that from her day in and day out, she is one of the older players on the team that a lot of people look up to. When she is firing all cylinders, we are winning games,” Pucci said.
“With the conference starting, we knew each team was going to be really tough. We knew we had to come out on top of our game and take shots. Nothing is going to go in if you don’t take shots, so that’s what we continued to do tonight, and it just happened to work for us,” Schutz said in an interview after the game.
The Duhawks ended the game with a 5-2 victory improving their record to 8-2. Goals were also scored by junior Jenny Wick in minute 21 and senior Elizabeth Mills in minute 30. While the conference win was great, coach Pucci does not want the team to get too comfortable saying,
“It was a tough game with the conditions present, and it was nice for us to score some goals, but we still would have liked a better performance all around. As the season progresses, we are not looking to get too comfortable. It’s that time of the season where we need to find a new level, and not be completely satisfied with what we have done this first half of the year,” Pucci said.
The Duhawks now are preparing to take on Luther College at home Saturday, Oct. 6.