Luther ends (women’s) Loras soccer seasons
By Jon Quinn
DUBUQUE, IA. – The Loras College women’s soccer team concluded their season last Wednesday, Nov. 6, falling to the Luther College Norse in the semi-finals of the American Rivers Conference Tournament. The game was a snowy slugfest, as the weather did not cooperate with the competition taking place. Nonetheless, both teams arrived on the snow-frosted field ready to play. Loras led the score for the majority of the game until Luther managed to score three goals between the 76-minute mark and the 81-minute mark.
As the game progressed, the weather worsened. The Duhawks came out as aggressively as possible, leading in shots (16-11) and corner kicks (5-3). Senior goalkeeper Michelle Loyo contributed a save, while senior goal keeper Kaylee Coble tallied four during the ARC match-up.
Sophomore forward Ryleigh O’Brien led the Duhawks, scoring the first goal of the game in the 23rd minute. O’Brien was assisted by first-year mid-fielder Payton McDonnell, but the momentum didn’t stop there.
Both O’Brien and McDonnell worked together to assist junior forward Brynn Jacobi to tack on another goal in the 31st minute. This would give Loras a 0-2 lead to finish the first half. Both teams battled as the weather got worse and visibility was down to a mere half-mile during game play.
It wasn’t until the 76th minute when Luther’s Elizabeth De Prenger was able to sneak a shot past Coble to get Luther on the board. Loras attempted to work primarily on defense and Luther gave them what they wanted by going all offense, scoring another goal in the 77th minute to equalize the score.
After the back-to-back scores, Loras attempted to counter with several substitutions and three shots in the next five minutes. However, Luther’s Hailey Sanchez launched the Norse to the front-runner as her goal put Luther up, 3-2, in the 81st minute.
The Duhawks attempted to battle back, but their efforts were limited to nine minutes. The Norse were able to hold off Loras, securing the win 3-2.
Early Monday afternoon, the team waited anxiously to see if they would receive a bid to the NCAA national tournament; however there was no such luck, and the women’s soccer team concluded their season 13-5.