Fri, Jan. 1, 2010 - [Women's Soccer]
The Loras College women's soccer team used a balanced attack to earn their 12 wins of 2009, a season that was filled with highly entertaining and dramatic contests. The Duhawks went to overtime eight times during the season, including five of their last six games. Loras posted a 3-1-4 record in those extra-time games.
The top five teams in the IIAC finished with either five or six wins this season, including the Duhawks who finished third with a 5-1-2 record. Their run at Iowa Conference Tournament title number eight came to an end in the semifinals with a penalty kick shootout which went to seven rounds.
Individually, there were five players that scored five goals or more, and a total of 15 Duhawks found the back of the net. Kate Young led the team with 12 goals and seven assists in 2009. Holly Wilson, Jessica Kern, and Lisa Waltz each scored six times, and Sam Messacar five times. Waltz, Kern, Wilson, and Young each also dished out at least six assists. Kern, Young, Wilson, and Messacar each earned All-IIAC honors for their successful seasons. In addition, Jessica Kern and Kate Young were named to the NSCAA All-Region teams. Defensively, Michelle Janosz, Dolly Duffy, and Jayne Eslinger were also recognized by the conference.
All told, Loras outscored their opponents 52-21 and had nearly as many shots on goal (214) as their opponents did total (216). The team scored over 3.5 goals per game in their wins and posted eight shutouts. Katie Chambers and Taylor Hunsberger combined to save 80% of the shots against them in the Loras goal.
Loras once again battled one of the tougher schedules in the region and country, going 3-4-2 against regionally ranked teams and 2-3-1 against nationally ranked foes. They say goodbye to five seniors before beginning 2010, two defenders, two midfielders, and one forward leave the Rock Bowl with 51 wins to their names. Senior Holly Wilson wrapped up her career 10th all time in goals, 4th in points, and 3rd in assists. The team regularly appeared in the North Region rankings, reaching as high as 4th, and finishing the year at 8th.