Tue, Sep. 11, 2012 - [Men's Soccer]
By Jim Naprstek, Assistant Sports Information Director
ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI – The Loras College Duhawks took to the buses for the long road trip down to St. Louis to take on the Washington University Bears Friday night and the Webster University Gorloks on Saturday. Despite outshooting the hosts 23-8 on the Friday night, the Duhawks just could not put the right touch on the ball to send it to the back of the net.
Loras came out in their normal fashion, flying around the field and pressuring every pass. But after both teams settled in, it was as if they decided to trade offensive outbursts the rest of the night. The Loras backline, consisting of Dan Figura, Erik Berkowitz, and Kyle Marxkors kept the Washington University forwards in check, despite numerous deep runs. Through four games, the back line has not allowed a single goal.
After fighting to a 0-0 draw Friday night at Washington University, Loras hoped to rebound against Webster University, a team that has appeared recently in the NCAA Tournament, including their previous meeting coming in 2009. The two teams met in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament and Loras easily handled them, winning 3-1 with goals coming from Miguel Bonilla, Matt Splittgerber, and Tom Strumpf.
Fast forward to 2012, and you will find a Loras team that had yet to give up a goal in its first four games, due largely in part to its swarming defense and constant pressure that they apply. After returning to the lineup on Friday night, senior Malcolm Calbert got the start in Saturday's match at forward in place of Louie Oswald and Brad Joiner who both took the day off with minor injuries. Calbert was affirmative in taking advantage of the opportunity, causing havoc in the air and helping to earn a number of scoring chances for the Duhawks. He would finally tally his first goal of the year in the 17th minute.
"It means a lot to get back out here after the medical redshirt playing with the boys again. (It) felt really good this weekend to be out there. Wouldn't want to be anywhere else," Calbert said.
Loras would go on to score three more times from the feet of senior Sean Lewis (28'), senior Andy Filipiak (45'), and junior Erik Berkowtiz (47').
"I felt like we handled it pretty well. We came out and fired four goals, so we're happy with that," Lewis said.
The shutout streak would reach its end however in the 28' when Michael Dennis served up a free kick to Mike Wells just out of the reach of Dylan Milkent.
After five games, the Duhawks have a number of statistics that are worth mentioning. First and foremost, Loras has scored 15 goals while only allowing one. Junior Dylan Milkent owns a 0.20 Goals Against Average including nine saves. Of the 15 goals scored so far this season, only four players have scored multiple goals (Brad Joiner, Louie Oswald, Tim van den Bergh, and Erik Berkowitz). If this can continue, Loras will be that much more difficult to stop.
The Duhawks return home for a big in-region matchup this Wednesday night in the Rock Bowl against the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Warhawks.
The teams will also be battling for the Hawk Cup, which Loras currently owns following last year's 4-2 win in Whitewater, Wisconsin.