Women’s soccer team strong out of the gate

The women’s soccer team started off the season with their opener against the Denison Big Reds on Friday, Sept. 1.

The Duhawks started off strong, scoring within the first 130 seconds. Senior Gretchen Schultz led the team, scoring an impressive two goals within a four-minute time period. Helping to achieve their 4-1 win were junior Elizabeth Mills and senior Maura Walsh. The four-goal game is the most the lady Duhawks have scored in a season opener since Aug. 30, 2002, with a defeat of 6-0 over Clarke.

photos by Natalie Droeske

“We have high standards and goals for this coming season,” said Walsh. “We want to compete every day, be it at practice or on game day. We believe that we challenge, yet encourage, each other to get better on and off the field. We want to also take our experiences from last year and learn from them with the ultimate goal of making it back to the NCAA tournament.”

Women’s soccer continued their winning streak on Saturday, Sept. 2 against the Wheaton Thunder with a score of 2-1. Senior Lauren Bolnius and junior Elizabeth Mills can be applauded for this as they both scored second half goals. This was the first time in program history that Loras has defeated Wheaton for consecutive years.

On Wednesday, Sept. 6, the Duhawks drew a tie against the UW Whitewater Warhawks, scoring 2-2. Loras was knocked out by Whitewater in the third round of the NCAA tournament last season but came back this season, opening with a 2-0 lead before ending in a draw. First-year Brynn Jacobi stole the spotlight, scoring her first two goals in the first half of the game. This was the first-ever draw between Loras and Whitewater and the first draw for Whitewater since 2013.

Saturday, Sept. 9, presented no challenge for the Duhawks as they decimated St. Olaf with a score of 4-0. Schultz scored two of the four goals while Walsh and sophomore Emily Robinson each added a point for the team. The Duhawks’ average goals per game bumped up to three goals, twice as many as last season.

The Duhawks endured their first loss of the season against the St. Benedict Blazers with a score of 3-2. Sophomore Kaylee Coble put forth an impressive effort, making 12 saves as goalie. Other mentionable performances included goals from Mills and senior Molly Stanfa.

The women next head to Galesburg, IL, for a game against Knox College Thursday, Sept. 14.

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