A perfect storm in Indianola

The Loras College men’s soccer team had their first loss in a month against Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa. The American Rivers Conference game was Loras’ worst loss conference loss since 1998.

The Simpson College Storm started off strong with two goals in the first 10 minutes. Simpson’s Justin Gilmour got the Storm on the board in the sixth minute and scored again in the ninth minute. Gilmour was assisted by Tanner Alderson for the first goal and Baraka Ellie for the second goal.

The men’s soccer team gathers in a huddle at the start of the second half of their game in Indianola, Iowa, against Simpson. The Duhawks were soundly defeated, 5-2, ending their six-game winning streak. The loss also could jeopardize their No.1 seed in the conference tournament.

The Duhawks were slow to respond but eventually found the net in minute 33 by junior forward Ezekiel Kyoore. Kyoore was assisted by junior midfielder Mark Histed. Still clawing back, the Duhawks closed the lead to an even game scoring in minute 45. Sophomore defender Luke Denson was assisted by first-year Kevin Kucaba.

To start the second half, both teams were 2-2 until Storm’s Alderson scored in minute 65 and was assisted by Baraka Ellie. Then the Storm bounced right back to it with a goal in minute 66 by Ian Dean and was assisted by Ellie. The strong starts and momentum swings were tough for the Duhawks to battle against.

Then in minute 82, Simpson closed the door with another goal by Alderson and was assisted by Connor Robson. The final score was 5-2.

Men’s soccer has two more conference games against Coe College and Central College to stay on top. Otherwise the team can slip in conference play giving themselves a more difficult path to get to playoffs and eventually the national tournament.

Not only does the team’s challenges lie within conference, but also in non-conference just as a standard to hold as a program. The next non-conference game coming up is today, Oct. 18, against Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois at 3 p.m.

The next conference game the Duhawks have is against Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on Saturday, Oct. 20 at 3:30 p.m. The UW Platteville game has been rescheduled and is set for this Sunday, Oct. 21 at 3 p.m. in Platteville, Wisconsin.

The UW Whitewater game that was originally scheduled for the first of October has also been rescheduled to Oct. 25 in Whitewater, Wisconsin.

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