#9 Duhawks eliminated by Blazers in round two
Mon, Nov. 14, 2011 - [Women's Soccer]

St. Benedict 2, Loras 1

 

The 2011 Loras College women's soccer season came to an abrupt and painful end on Sunday afternoon as the St. Benedict Blazers defeated the Loras College Duhawks, 2-1, in the NCAA Division III Women's Soccer Championships second round.

 

Off to a good start for the second straight day, the Duhawks struck first in the 10thminute when Jayne Eslinger crossed a ball to Kate Young. Young headed the ball towards the back post and put the hosts up, 1-0.

 

The Duhawks continued to mount regular attacks at the Blazers goal and first year goalkeeper Megan Favorite, but each of the four other times the Duhawks put a shot on goal, Favorite, and in one instance, a defender, kept Loras off the scoreboard.

 

The equalizer for the Blazers came one minute from the first intermission. A loose ball on the edge of Loras' 18-yard box was claimed by St. Benedict leading goal-scorer Colleen Bouchard. Bouchard quickly took a shot towards the Loras goal and knotted the match at 1-1.

 

In the 65thminute, Heidi Hanson became the hero for St. Benedict. A free kick from near midfield to the Loras penalty box went was dropped by Loras goalkeeper Katie Chambers where an unmarked Hanson quickly put a shot on goal. Hanson's effort went in and set the stage for the final 25 minutes as the Duhawks tried to rescue their season.

 

The Blazers wouldn't take another shot and the Duhawks would earn seven corner kicks and take three more shots, including a late scramble that led to a glance off of a post as the Duhawks tried desperately to tie the game in the closing moments.

 

In the end, the Blazers did enough with their three shots on goal to win the game. Loras put just five shots on goal, converting on Young's header and forcing Favorite into four other saves. The Blazers defense helped Favorite with blocked shots throughout the match.

 

The loss was Loras' only one in the Rock Bowl in 2011.

 

St. Benedict advances to the Sweet 16 round of the 2011 Championships next weekend. #9 Loras' 2011 campaign comes to an end at 18-3-1.

 

The Duhawks also said goodbye to their seniors following the loss. Chambers, Young, Lisa Waltz, Natalie Schlader, Brittan Rooney, Tonya Lohmeyer and Jessica Kern, and Ali Schmitt leave the program with multiple Iowa Conference championships and 66 wins.