… wins over conference rival Luther
The women’s soccer team has been on a roll as of late, and the team wanted to keep the momentum going.
But conference foe Luther had plans off its own, and the Duhawks would have to fight.
Not only was this a home game for the Duhawks, but it also Latino Heritage Night for the men’s and women’s teams.
“We felt good going into the game, we didn’t start that way, but you know everything was set for us, we just didn’t show up for the first 15 minutes,” said head coach Matt Pucci. “They put us in the hole early, but we were able to fight back in the end!”
The game featured a rough start for the Duhawks, with Luther scoring first. Junior Genna Sobieszcyk was quick to respond with a goal in the seventh minute. The prosperity did not last long, however, as the Duhawks went into halftime with a 3-1 deficit.
Pucci gathered his team going into the half, and they came out a much different team from the start. The 50th minute brought a goal by Junior Jenny Wick to pull Loras within one goal.
Loras kept the pressure on, and seemingly perpetual Duhawk scoring attempts started to wear down the Luther defense.
Eventually, in the 80th minute,
sophomore Kiki Cabrera was able to find the back of the net in a cluster of bodies inside the penalty box to tie the match.
The first half of overtime brought a stalemate for both teams, with both defenses surviving scoring chances.
The second half, however, brought a winning goal from first-year Brianna Arreguin.
“The team showed a great spirit and a great fight today,” Pucci said. “We have great chemistry both on and off the field, and it was an amazing experience. It was awesome to have Bri, a first-year, step up and get the game- winning goal for us tonight.
“It was good for us to see a game like that,” Pucci continued. “We have been down a goal or two similarly in the past, but were not able to recover. It was good for us to go a couple goals down early and eventually take over the game after halftime. Now they know they can do that for next time.”
Even better yet, the comeback came in conference play.
“It’s a big win,” Pucci said. “Luther is a good team, and the conference is really tough. Every team is good. We know we have to show up and bring our “A” game every time.
“It was a good win to come out of at 3-1 down,” he added. “We would have taken the tie for sure, but to come out with the win in conference play is pretty huge, especially getting those three points. Now we are ready to move on to the next game.”
Loras is hoping to keep the momentum going Saturday when it travels to play conference foe Simpson.