Duhawks advance to IIAC Tournament finals in Rock Bowl
PHOTO COURTESY: Jim Naprstek/jimnaprstek.com
PHOTO COURTESY: Jim Naprstek/jimnaprstek.com
Wed, Nov. 2, 2011 - [Women's Soccer]

Loras 2, Luther 0

 

The Loras College women's soccer team advanced to the finals of the 2011 Iowa Conference Women's Soccer Tournament with a 2-0 semifinal win over the visiting Luther Norse on Wednesday night. The Duhawks broke a 0-0 halftime tie amid miserable windy, rainy, and cold conditions inside the Rock Bowl to claim victory.

 

After coming up empty on their 14 first half shots, Loras was patient enough through the first hour to eventually break open the scoring. The first tally came on a creative combination by a trio of Duhawks in the 65thminute.

 

Sarah Trump sent a free kick into the Norse penalty box where Kate Young settled and redirected it across the face of the goal. Ali Schmitt was facing Young and used one quick touch to flick the ball past an unsuspecting Cydney Haaland to break the scoreless tie.

 

Just five minutes later, Sarah Trump helped to create Loras' second goal as well. Trump sent a long shot towards Haaland and the freshman left a rebound on the doorstep for another first-year player to clean up. Jill Leibforth touched home what turned out to be the insurance goal in the 70thminute.

 

The Duhawks would finish with a 13-3 shots on goal advantage. Katie Chambers earned the shutout making those three saves in goal for Loras.

 

The win sets up a rematch of last year's IIAC Tournament final in the Rock Bowl on Saturday. #1 seed Loras will host #2 seed Wartburg (16-2-1) following the Duhawks' football game. Exact kickoff time will be determined on Thursday.

 

The teams played to a 1-1 double overtime draw on October 12 in the Rock Bowl during the regular season matchup. Each team finished 7-0-1 in the IIAC regular season – sharing the title. Loras (16-1-2) earned home field advantage based on their league goal differential. In the 2010 final, Loras won 1-0 to earn the automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Championships. Both teams would qualify for the tournament in 2010 – and both appear to be headed back in 2011, regardless of Saturday's result.