As all the Homecoming festivities began, the women’s soccer team wasn’t focused on the football game or the activities surrounding it. Rather, the Duhawks were preparing for Saturday’s conference matchup on the road against Buena Vista University.
As it turned out, Buena Vista did not put up much of a fight against the Duhawks. The Beavers tried their best to put up a good battle, but they could not keep up with the Duhawks’ quick play and swarm mentality.
By the end of the first half, the score was 3-0 with goals coming from senior Lynn DeVriese, sophomore Katie Truesdale and junior Danielle Vujovic. Leading into the second half, four more goals were scored by the Duhawk offense as the tough back line prevented any counter attacks from the Beavers. When the final whistle blew the women walked off the field with a 7-0 win for their fourth conference win of the season.
The Duhawks also traveled to Winona, MN, earlier in the week to face St. Mary’s University and came out with a 6-3 win.
After last week’s games, Loras is on a five game winning streak, with a record of 12-2-1 and 4-0-0 in the IIAC Conference.
“We wanted the women to focus on putting together a full 90 minutes of intense, active, and composed play,” said assistant coach Kelly Murphy. “We wanted them to concentrate on moving the ball quickly around the field and creating and finishing opportunities while limiting counter attacks.”
Murphy also touched on what the team needs to do to continue their strong season.
“For our success to continue, individual players need to stay healthy and fit and make sure that they are focused, ready, and competitive at practice and then transfer that into games as the season progresses,” said Murphy. “As a team, for our success to continue, we need to increase communication and intensity on the field along with knowing our strengths and playing to them…and of course finishing our opportunities and limiting the opposing team.”
The next two games for the women aren’t going to be as easy. The women face the UW-Whitewater Warhawks and the Luther Norse. Both games will be tough 90 minute battles for the Duhawks.
“This week is a big week for us against two good teams. The women should go into these games with intensity, composure, and confidence,” said Murphy. “They need to be on their toes defensively and offensively from start to finish. If we stay intense and composed as a team, we should come out with some wins.”
Although Whitewater is not a conference matchup, the rivalry still remains as the two teams battle for the Hawk Cup. The winning team will take home the cup until the next time the Duhawks and Warhawks meet.
Junior Claire Murphy talked about what the Hawk Cup means to her fellow teammates.
“The Hawk Cup is a good game every year; last year we won it in overtime,” she said. “We take pride in trying to win it every year because it gives us motivation every time we face Whitewater.”
Luther will be the women’s fifth Iowa Conference match of the season and also Alumni Day for the program that will take place at 5 p.m. in the Rock Bowl.