Duhawks soar past Beavers

DUBUQUE, IA. – The women’s soccer team sealed the deal on a successful homecoming evening on Saturday, Oct. 12, after blanking their American Rivers Conference opponent, Buena Vista University, 10-0. The weather was definitely a highlight of the evening, with wind being able to roll just-placed soccer balls and knocking down weighted flags at the corners of the field.

“It got a little cold yesterday so we were able to prepare for it a little bit,” said head women’s soccer coach Matt Pucci. “Both teams have to deal with it so we’re both use to the same weather out here but I thought we adapted well today.”

Adapted almost seems like an understatement when the team thrives and goes on a scoring spree of 10 goals. The spree started with junior forward Brynn Jacobi dribbling around her defenders and beautifully executing a give-and-go with sophomore forward Ryleigh O’Brien. The pressure was on the Beavers for the majority of the first half.

Just over a minute later, senior mid-fielder Grace Ross found the net from 30-yards out after the ball popped out of the box from feet turbulence. Ross would continue her hot streak a few minutes later from 20-yards out, almost mirroring the same circumstances as her first goal.

Buena Vista would try to battle back but ultimately found themselves in sticky situations and accidentally scoring on themselves in the 7 minute. O’Brien also found the net in the 15 minute with a grounder to the left corner of the net from just over ten-yards out, putting it just out of reach of the Beaver’s keeper.

Loras kept doing what they do best and junior defender Kiki Cabrera was able to get a piece of the action, scoring a header off a corner kick from first-year mid-fielder Payton McDonnell in the 16 minute. Cabrera also assisted first-year forward Abby Eriksen after the keeper lost control, and Eriksen tapped it in, pushing the score to 7-0 in the 19 minute.

Buena Vista held off Loras’ offense for the following ten minutes until Erikson scored again, unassisted, with a bullet of a kick to the top of the goal, netting from 15 yards out. Another ten minutes went by before sophomore forward Emily Perhats made sure she got a piece of the pie before the end of the second half with a goal assisted by first-year mid-fielder Maddi Doss from the corner. Perhats allowed the ball to bounce once and then kicked it out of the air to go soaring past Buena Vista’s defenders and goal-keeper.

To start the second half, Buena Vista made a few changes — specifically with their goal keeper, who only allowed one goal in the second half. That one goal was earned by first-year forward Caitlin Farrell in the 65 minute, utilizing off-foot turbulence and a scramble, 30 yards out.

“We jumped on them early from the start,” said Pucci. “We’ve been doing that lately which is really setting the tone for the rest of the game. You know any game can end up anyway but you have to jump on the front foot and hold them to it.”

 The Duhawks will be hosting an American Rivers Conference game this Saturday, Oct. 19, against Simpson College at 5 p.m. in the Rock Bowl.

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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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