The Duhawks welcomed the UW-Whitewater Warhawks on Wednesday, Sept. 30 to decide who would bring home the Hawk Cup. Two ranked teams faced off, and it made for a thriller in the Rock Bowl.
Senior Katie Truesdale opened the scoring in the 10th minute when fellow senior Claire Murphy played a through ball into the penalty area and Truesdale sent it home to put the Duhawks up 1-0. The lead was short lived as Whitewater evened the score in the 12th minute off a goal by Carly Pottle.
The back and forth continued until sophomore Riley O’Neill blasted a shot that came off the keeper and Truesdale was there to give the Duhawks the lead once again. The women played strong defense and their backline would not allow Whitewater to even the score despite a number of quality chances.
The Warhawks tied the match in the 78th minute when Mackenzie Serbousek beat junior Maria Siebels to tie it at 2. As time wound down, neither side could find the winner and the match headed to overtime.
In extra time, Whitewater was awarded a penalty kick after a Loras foul in the box. Carly Pottle stepped up and buried the winner, her second of the game, to secure the Hawk Cup for the Warhawks.
Truesdale knows the Duhawks must have short memories if they want to be successful.
“As tough of a loss as it was, we just have to come back stronger and ready to play against teams like Whitewater. We know we can compete, so now it’s just a learning experience to use what our weaknesses were in that game and fix it so we are continuing to get better.”
The women were back at it on Saturday as they resumed conference play against the Central College Dutch. This was an important game for both sides as they sat tied in the Iowa Conference standings prior to the match.
The Duhawk attack produced a number of opportunities, but Central goalkeeper Sydney Lunardi denied shot after shot to keep it scoreless. In the 40th minute, Central took the lead when a long blast beat freshman Michelle Loyo to make it 1-0 Dutch. In her first career start in the net, Loyo bounced back and prevented any further scoring.
Loras finally equalized in the 58th minute when Truesdale rifled a shot on net. Lunardi was able to make the save, but the ball came loose and sophomore Sydney Wright put it in. This was the first goal of Wright’s college career.
The match ended in a 1-1 draw after a scoreless overtime. The Duhawks record moved to 6-3-2 overall and 1-0-1 in Iowa Conference play.
Next up for the women will be a trip to Waverly, Iowa where they will take on their rivals, the Wartburg College Knights. The Duhawks understand that it will be no easy task on Saturday.
“Wartburg is always a tough game because of the rivalry. Right now we are just making sure we are prepared and ready for another battle to win for the season,” said Truesdale.“Our main focus is winning the air game and 50/50’s because that is something we have been struggling with lately.”
Kickoff is set for 5 p.m.