Thu, Sep. 19, 2013 - [Women's Soccer]
The Loras College women's soccer team wrapped up a three-game homestand on Wednesday night with a tie against Augustana. The draw came after a pair of 2-1 wins over Carroll and Aurora over the weekend.
Winners of their final seven home games of 2012, the team moved their unbeaten streak to 10 games with these three games.
In both the Carroll and Aurora games, the Duhawks scored first – only to give up the lead before earning game-winning goals from two somewhat unlikely sources.
In Saturday's game against the Pioneers, after a scoreless first half and opening 20 minutes of the second half, Jill Leibforth found the back of the net for her team-high third goal of the year. The lead lasted fifteen minutes before Carroll equalized. Sarah Trump came to the rescue five minutes later when she headed a Shelby Perkins corner kick into the far post. The lead held up for Loras' first home win of the season.
The next day, Loras hosted nationally ranked Aurora in the Rock Bowl. This time, both teams found the back of the net in the first half. Katie Truesdale opened the scoring in the 19th minute when she put home a rebound from a Madeline Tennant shot. This lead lasted just five minutes as Aurora equalized through Lisa Bajkowski. Sunday's hero was Sarah Small, who entered the game as a sub prior to a Loras corner kick in the first parts of the second half. Moments later she was heading home the game winner. The Duhawks allowed just one shot on goal over the final half hour following Small's tally.
Loras was back in the Rock Bowl on Wednesday night, with a new #17 national ranking and another nationally ranked team foe to deal with. This time the Augustana Vikings provided the opposition. Unbeaten in their first six contests at 5-0-1, the Augustana side and host Duhawks spent much of the first half around the midfield stripe, occasionally offering a threat to the other's goal. Vikings goalkeeper Meredith Chew made two first half saves.
Loras' best chances came in the early parts of the second half, including 11 minutes into the period when Katie Truesdale rocked the crossbar with a long-distance shot. Chew made five total saves in the first 90 minutes, including a few from point-blank range.
The two overtime sessions didn't offer a game-winning goal either, despite three more combined shots on goal.
The tie put Loras at 7-1-1 through their first nine games. They are off this weekend with top-ranked Wheaton College looming next week.
WATCH SARAH SMALL TALK ABOUT THE WEEKEND GAMES AND HER GAME-WINNING GOAL HERE: