Truesdale quickly becoming the talk of the town
Tue, Sep. 18, 2012 - [Women's Soccer]

By Jim Naprstek, Assistant Sports Information Director


With four goals on the year, three of them being game-winners, Katie Truesdale is making her presence well known with the Duhawks. 


When Kate Young graduated in May, there was some cause for concern in the Duhawk camp, and for good reason. In Young's four years at Loras, she amassed 42 goals and 32 assists, finishing 3rd all-time in goals and 2nd all-time in assists for the Duhawks. Then, when freshman standout Danielle Vujovic  went down with a knee injury, head coach Dan Rothert began looking around to see who would pick up the slack. Little did he know that freshman Katie Truesdale was not only up to the task, but could also get the job done. This weekend in Minnesota proved to be another showcase of Truesdale's talent and ability.


Friday night, Loras found themselves down 2-0 to host Augsburg in the 48th minute, following the second  goal of the night from Bri Clark. However, the Duhawks would not keel over, and instead stood up and fought back, beginning with sophomore Kristina Everding's first goal of the year in the 68th minute.


Then the Truesdale show came on. In the 86th minute, with an assist from junior Sarah Trump, Truesdale tied the game up for the Duhawks, only to go on in the second overtime and win it, thanks to an assist from junior Lynn Devriese.


With the off day on Saturday, the ladies were able to rest up and prepare for their contest on Sunday against Macalester. In the 11th minute, Truesdale was sprung loose on a breakaway, only to be taken down in the box by the last defender left on the pitch. Lily Jilk would be sent off with a red card and senior Hillary Wilson lined up to convert the penalty kick for the Duhawks.


Loras would be unable to take advantage of the extra woman on the pitch for the remainder of the first half, and along the way conceded a free kick goal to Georgia Cloepfil in the 22nd minute.


The Duhawks were not content with the tie score at halftime, and proceeded to score three times in the second half. Freshman Ailish Rispin finally made her way onto the score sheet in the 50th minute, while sophomores Abby Maier and Alexa Eggert contributed goals as well.


Loras will open up their Iowa Conference schedule this Saturday in the Rock Bowl as they take on Buena Vista University. Then on Sunday, the ladies will play host to Dominican University in a non-conference matchup.