Truesdale nets hat trick in comeback win

Women’s soccer team is 5-2 so far into the non-conference season.

The women’s soccer team was in the middle of a stretch of five games in nine days when they traveled to Platteville to take on the Pioneers. Despite falling behind at half, the Duhawks scored four consecutive goals to seize control of the game and came out on top, winning 4-2.

Led by reigning Iowa Conference MVP Katie Truesdale, the Duhawks have been scoring in bunches so far this season. Loras will play its first Iowa Conference match on Saturday, Aug. 26, against Simpson at the Rock Bowl.

Heading back home, the Duhawks carried this momentum into a match against St. Benedict. Senior Danielle Vujovic scored her fifth goal in three games and junior goalie Maria Siebels played strong and allowed only one goal on 13 shots as Loras claimed the 2-1 victory.

The Duhawks completed their stretch of games at the Rock Bowl against the Eagles of Benedictine. Senior Katie Truesdale netted a hat trick to help lead the Duhawks to a thrilling, comeback win, 5-4.

One reason the Duhawks have been on this sort of winning streak is the play of their offensive attack, especially senior Danielle Vujovic. After appearing in only one game in 2014 due to injury, Vujovic has returned and been a valuable offensive weapon for the team.

Through the first six games, she has scored seven goals to lead the team. With the reigning Iowa Conference MVP Katie Truesdale already on the roster,  the offense is now more balanced with a healthy Vujovic.

Underclassmen also are making strong impacts. Sophomore Gretchen Schutz and freshman Elizabeth Mills have been key players in the Duhawk attack.

“Our offense is doing a great job at connecting and basically just scoring goals when we need to,” Truesdale said. “A lot of girls are getting themselves involved in the mix. It’s exciting to see the team develop and create a fun chemistry on and off the field. I think we have a lot of potential and everyone is excited to see where this team is going to take things this year.”

After losing a talented goalkeeper in Hannah Wilson, you could imagine that the Duhawks would have a hard time trying to find a replacement.

However, junior Maria Siebels has moved into the starting role and been solid through the first six games. Posting a .744 save percentage and a 2.02 goals against average, the first-year starter has fit in nicely. The team’s future success will have a lot resting on her play, especially as they move into Iowa Conference play.

The Duhawks continued their hot play as they travel east to battle their longtime rivals, the Wheaton College Thunder at Joe Bean Stadium.

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