Traveling to Galesburg, IL, on Thursday, Sept. 14, the women’s soccer team came away with a 2-1 victory over Knox College.
Much of the Duhawks’ success as a team reportedly can be credited to head coach Matt Pucci.
“Coach Pucci holds them to very high standards and does not allow them to accept mediocre performances when he knows that they can be better,” said Assistant Coach Kevin Cavers.
“Having the group hold themselves accountable for their mistakes” is necessary to make it a strong team, according to Cavers.
After Knox scored the first goal of the game in the 35th minute, Loras was quick to follow. Assisted by sophomore Erin Sellburg, first-year Brynn Jacobi scored her third goal of the season in the 41st minute. Jacobi was humble about her performance.
“Having the support of all of our teammates drives our play on the field and gives us energy when we start to get down on ourselves,” said Jacobi. “I don’t think I would be able to do the things that I have if I didn’t have the support from all of my teammates. If someone is ever doubting themselves, the team is always there to encourage them and show them that they can do it. We win as a team and we lose as a team. There is never one person responsible for a result.”
Continuing to be a force to be reckoned with, senior Gretchen Schultz made her fifth goal of the season at the 75th minute of the second period to win the game with help from junior Elizabeth Mills.
Kaylee Coble also played a good game with six saves, four in the first half and two in the second.
“Each player on the team contributes so much to the team’s success,” said Jacobi. “We wouldn’t be able to do the things that we have without every single member of the team. Whether they are cheering us on from the sidelines or playing 90 minutes a game, they are crucial in our success.”
The Duhawks then shut out the Augustana Vikings, 4-0, Tuesday night in the Rock Bowl.
The Duhawks dominated the shots-on-goal category 24-9, two falling for Mills, one for senior Maura Walsh, and one for sophomore Genna Sobieszczyk.
Coming up next for the Duhawks is their inner-city rival, the University of Dubuque. The match could have big repercussions on the regular-season Iowa Conference standings.
The UD showdown is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. Saturday at the Rock Bowl.