The Loras women’s soccer team saw their first loss of the season last Tuesday night when they faced another undefeated team at Augustana. The Duhawks were coming off the back of two wins in two days from the previous weekend and were a little fatigued with the quick turnaround from the game in Rock Island, IL.
“Any team that plays three games in four days may be a little tired, but we still came out to the game with just as much excitement and drive as we do for every game,” Senior Hannah Burgmeier said. “It was a great game, we just came up short. We have about a week and a half off before our next game against Oshkosh, so we are getting our legs back and allowing some of our injuries some time to get rested which will help us even more going against Oshkosh.”
Sophomore Elizabeth Mills, who is still waiting for her first goal of the season, lead the attack once again for the Duhawks. It was her shot in the latter stages of the first half that was illegally blocked by the hand of the Viking’s defender. The referee had no choice but to award the penalty kick. Junior and captain Sydney Wright stepped up to the spot and calmly stroked the ball into the back of the net for her second goal of the season. Although both teams had some good opportunities in the first half, it was the Duhawks that led going into the break.
The second half continued with both teams knocking on the door for the all-important second goal of the game. First-year Emily Robinson had a shot pushed onto the post that fell to the feet of junior Maura Walsh, but was unable to capitalize on the rebound.
Loras had a goal from Mills in the 64th minute that was called back for an offside infringement. Shortly after this huge call in the game, Augustana drew level in the 67th minute. Sammi Farkos hit a header from a free kick that finally broke down the Loras defense that had proven to be quite the organized unit in the early stages of the 2016 season. Just 11 minutes later, the Duhawks found themselves trailing with a flick from an Augustana player that lobbed over an outstretched senior Maria Siebels.
Late in the second half, Loras had a handful of chances, but were unable to break down the Augustana defense for a second time. Junior Gretchen Schutz had a long throw in her armory that looked very dangerous at times late in the game, but her teammates were unable to capitalize as the clock ticked down to zero and the Duhawks suffered their first loss of the 2016 campaign.
The Duhawks play Oshkosh on Thursday night at the Rockbowl before traveling to Nebraska for the start of conference play on the weekend. The Nebraska team is new to the conference, so neither the men’s or women’s teams know much about this competitor.
“We are preparing for them just as we would any team really,” said Junior Riley O’Neill. “We like to have the mindset that every game we play is going to be the toughest one yet. It’s been nice to have a week and a half off practices after a long stretch of games, and as a team we are able to recover and get girls back from injury while also working on some key things for the upcoming games.”
Thursday night Loras welcomes Oshkosh to the Rock Bowl with kickoff set for 7 p.m.