UD, Elmhurst challenge men’s soccer team

Senior Chris Alfaro chips the ball to a teammate for a shot on goal.

No. 15 Loras College men’s soccer team endured a 2-1 loss on Wednesday, Sept. 20 against Elmhurst College in Elmhurst, IL. The Bluejays scored in the 90th minute, forcing the match to conclude.

“Elmhurst did what we like to do. They scored two goals late in the halves,” said Head Coach Dan Rothert. “It was a really disappointing result, but I think we learned a lot of lessons about us and about what we need to be.”

To score in the sixth minute for Loras was senior forward Spencer Moore assisted by senior defender Ike Bruns. This was Moore’s third goal of the season, tallying his career total to 35. Then in minute 44, David Bez of Elmhurst leveled the playing field, tying the match 1-1 at the half.

Both teams started the second half aggressive. The game looked as if it was going into overtime until Lucas Wetherby of Elmhurst cross headed by a defender and earned a goal. The late goal left 30 seconds in the second half, and the Duhawks were unable to tie up the match, resulting in a final score of 2-1.

Coach Rothert agrees that the team has an increasing target on their back due to their ranking and the traditions they carry.

“I think everybody wants to be on their A-game for Loras, especially in the conference,” said Rothert.

Junior Jackson Kallman heads ball away from goal.

This past family weekend on Saturday, Sept. 23, the Duhawks took on cross-town rival University of Dubuque with a 20-2 record against them, their only losses being last year’s game and this past weekend.

“I don’t think we finished it off. I think we had chances to,” said Rothert.

Both teams put up a valid fight ending the first half tied at 1-1. Junior midfielder Javier Simon found the net in minute 17. Simon was assisted by junior forward Marcus Singleton.

Later in minute 33, University of Dubuque’s Noah Clarke directed a loose ball into the net. In the second half, the Duhawks earned the upper hand in the 60th minute. Junior forward Ryan Ross, assisted by Simon, led the momentum into the stands, showing appreciation to the fans.

The momentum slipped from the Duhawks to the Spartans when Andrew Guelle scored in the 77th minute, tying the game again at 2-2.

The game looked as though it was going into overtime until a corner kick to the Spartans’ Kyle Klatka tallied another goal in the 89th minute.

Unfortunately, the Duhawks couldn’t force a quick turnaround, and they lost the game, 3-2.

Head coach Daniel Rothert gave the Spartans credit for their performance Saturday night.

“They put some balls in the mix that were difficult to handle,” he said.
The men’s soccer team’s next game is Saturday, Sept. 30, for an Iowa conference match-up against Nebraska Wesleyan in Lincoln, NE.

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Jon is currently a junior who is double-majoring in Media Studies and Public Relations. He is heavily involved at Loras as a campus photographer, residential adviser, and a sports editor for the school newspaper, The Lorian.

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