Duhawks take first loss of 2013, bounce back with two wins
PHOTO: Jim Naprstek
PHOTO: Jim Naprstek
Thu, Sep. 12, 2013 - [Women's Soccer]

BY: Loras College Sports Information Office & Jim Naprstek


Calvin, 1

Loras, 0


Loras, 2



Loras, 1

UW-Oshkosh, 0


On a night where chances would be aplenty, it would be the lack of favorable bounces that prevented the Duhawks from soaring to victory on Friday night of the Raider Invitational. These two teams met ten months prior in Dubuque, Iowa. That time, it was in the second round of the NCAA Division III Championship. The Duhawks came out on top 4-2, advancing to the Sweet 16.


After a warm and humid Friday afternoon in Milwaukee, the sun set near the start of the match. Both squads were familiar with each other's styles and tendencies, which led to a well fought battle. After 45 minutes of play, Calvin held an 8-5 shot advantage, forcing junior goalkeeper Hannah Wilson to make three saves. Four of the five shots the Duhawks attempted were on frame.


Even though Loras was able create a number of scoring chances, they could not find the touch to break through and gain the lead.


The story was much of the same in the second half, where both teams traded momentum and opportunities to score. Nearing the end of regulation, sophomore Ailish Rispin spearheaded a charge to try and find the game-winning tally. Knights keeper Ashton Hearn was up to the task, however, stopping all three of Loras' shots on frame.


Just four minutes into the overtime period, the Duhawks were whistled for a foul just outside of the penalty area, providing an opportunity for Calvin to capitalize. A low cross was sent into the penalty area by Sydney Kinney where it was finished off by Kelly Koets for the golden goal.


"It's unfortunate how it happened," DeVriese shared. "People get blocked and lose their marks, and then someone sneaks through and pokes it in. It's unfortunate, but it happens."


After Friday night's disappointing loss in extra time, the women's soccer team returned to the pitch on Saturday to play in the Consolation Match of the Raider Invitational. The night before, it was North Park who defeated the hosts MSOE 1-0. While there certainly was some disappointment in the Duhawk locker room, they shook off the loss and turned their attention to ending their weekend on a high note.


It wouldn't take long for the Duhawks to set the tempo, as junior Danielle Vujovic netted her first goal of the year in the fifth minute following a corner kick. The Raiders were unable to clear the front of the net, resulting in a point blank scoring chance for Vujovic. Later in the first half itt would be junior Claire Murphy who doubled the lead for the Duhawks. Murphy took the pass from junior Jill Leibforth and sent it curling into the corner of the far post, tucking just underneath the bar.


With the lead in hand, head coach Dan Rothert was able to fully utilize his bench.


The Rainders spoiled the clean sheet after a goal kick inadvertently found the feet of Sara Travia who then sent a through ball towards Paula Bohl. Her touch sent it past junior keeper Michelle Vonachen.


"I think this weekend we figured out a lot about our team and are excited to move forward," Rothert said.


With the first loss of 2013 now attached to their record, the returned to Wisconsin to take on the Oshkosh Titans on Wednesday evening.  


This time the Duhawks were back in the win column courtesy of an early strike on the Titans' goal. Danielle Vujovic was the goalscorer in the ninth minute from approximately 15 yards away from the goal.


Vujovic's second goal of the year was one of seven first half shots the Duhawks managed against the hosts on Wednesday. She and Ailish Rispin accounted for six of the team's 13 total shots.Things evened out in the second half on the shot chart, but the Duhawks kept Oshkosh off the scoreboard with three saves from Hannah Wilson. They improved to 5-1 with the win and Oshkosh fell to 0-4-1.


Loras plays their home openers this weekend when Carroll and Aurora come to the Rock Bowl for 3:30 PM games on Saturday and Sunday.