Heartbreakers in St. Louis, Mo., Elsah, Ill. for the Duhawks
PHOTO COURTESY: Jim Naprstek
PHOTO COURTESY: Jim Naprstek
Tue, Sep. 11, 2012 - [Women's Soccer]

By Jim Naprstek, Assistant Sports Information Director

  

ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI - After a long day on the buses, the Loras College Women's Soccer team took to the pitch to take on the Washington University Bears, in an important non-conference matchup. WashU came into the matchup ranked #9 in the country according to the recent NSCAA poll.

  

All game long both teams would exchange runs and scoring opportunities, but neither could find the back of the net. Sophomore goalkeeper Hannah Wilson turned in her best effort of her Loras career by far. Turning away eight saves on the night, three of which were near goals, Wilson did everything in her power to keep the Duhawks in the match. While the stat line may not show it, many Loras players turned in a night of strong play, namely junior Sarah Trump, senior Jayne Eslinger, and junior Abby Maier, just to name a few.

 

After battling through 90 minutes of regulation play and nearly 20 minutes of sudden death time, Washington broke the tie in the 108th minute when Emily Gosche netted a free kick into the upper 90, just past the reach of Wilson.

 

Just an hour away from Washington University, the Duhawks traveled to Elsah, Illinois to take on Principia College on Saturday. Coach Rothert went with a slightly different lineup due to some injuries from Friday night. The largest of which was that the back line played without Sarah Trump, a defensive stronghold for the Duhawks.

 

Junior Lynn DeVriese would put the Duhawks out in front in the 27th minute, only to have Principia answer eight minutes later. This would serve as the storyline for much of the contest. Loras would carry the momentum for a few possessions, only to have Principia fire right back with a few good scoring chances of their own.

 

Sophomore Hannah Wilson would continue her stellar goalkeeping from the night before, turning away nine shots on goal. However, it was the ninth shot that she could not keep a hold of that rolled to Principia forward Rachel Publicover, who sent home the rebound for her second goal of the night.

 

The Duhawks now sit at 2-3 with three big non-conference games coming up. The first of which is this Wednesday night against UW-Whitewater. Kickoff is 5:30 p.m. in the Rock Bowl.