Knights’ sophomore keeper denies Duhawk offense,
stopping 11 of 12 shots
With only one win in their last five matches, the women tried to change their fortunes against rival Wartburg.
“We need to get our team chemistry back and also remember to have fun,” said senior Katie Truesdale. “We haven’t been as successful as we are hoping, we need to just to look at the past few games, learn from them and move on. We want to make a deep run this season so it’s better to figure it out now than later.”
The two teams were tied in the Iowa Conference standings prior to the match, making this all the more important.
The Duhawks (6-4-2 overall, 1-1-1 in IIAC) fell behind early and could not find their way back into the game. In the 10th minute, Wartburg’s Brittany Frush lobbed a shot high into the air and caught the back post into the back of the net. The Knights (8-4-1, 2-1-0) added to their lead in the 36th minute when Madison Astgen found the net off the feed from Alyssa Hewitt. They maintained this 2-0 lead at halftime.
In the second half, the story remained the same as Wartburg kept Loras from scoring. They added an insurance goal in the 76th minute when Alyssa Miler buried one, making it 3-0 Knights. The women were able to avoid a shutout when Truesdale finished off an assist by sophomore Elizabeth Mills, pushing her total to 12 goals on the season. The game ended 3-1, handing the Duhawks their first conference loss of the season.
Loras had no problem getting the ball on net on Saturday, the real problem was getting it past goalkeeper Beth Crow. The Wartburg sophomore stopped 11 out of 12 shots on goal and prevented Loras from gaining any momentum all game. This was despite the Duhawks outshooting Wartburg 26-17.
The women make their return to the Rock Bowl on Wednesday night, welcoming the Coe Kohawks. The Duhawks have not had a home game in two weeks and are eager to get some home cooking.
“It’s always better to play on the Rock Bowl. It gives us that home field advantage and we always love having a home game,” Truesdale said.
Coe is currently in the midst of a historic campaign, setting a new school record for most wins in a season with their recent 2-0 victory over Buena Vista. The Kohawks are 12-1-1 overall with a 2-1 conference mark, sitting just above Loras in the Iowa Conference standings.
Currently sitting in fifth place, Loras has four more conference games left to make up ground. Including Coe, Loras will see Luther on Saturday, the current leaders in conference with an undefeated record. It will be an interesting final stretch for the Duhawks to see how they perform in big-time competition.
“We have always been able to compete with both Coe and Luther,” said Truesdale. “I think they are both going to be tough games, but if we show up to play and compete, we shouldn’t have any problems winning both of those games.”
Kickoff against Coe is set for 7 p.m. on Wednesday.