Soccer Suffers a Loss

by Elana Garay

Women’s soccer loses to the fourth ranked team in a tournament from last year, Illinois Wesleyan, on their first home game this past Wednesday on September 9.
“Coming into the game we knew it was going to be tough one considering they made it to the final four tournament last year. We prepared accordingly after seeing film and scouting their team so we felt confident about our approach to the game”, said sophomore Taylor Pokorny.
They took charge for the first 45 minutes of the first half until one goal was made by the opponent. Six immediate goals were made within ten minutes of the second half. The final score became 7-0.
“At half time we had held them to 1-0 and we felt great. Seeing the final score doesn’t reflect how hard we worked as a team. There was about a ten minute gap when we put our heads down and let the score get the best of us, but overall we played our game for 80 minutes and we definitely learned from the game and now we’re focused on playing Loras just as hard this coming Sunday,” continued Pokorny.
Sophomore Maddie Frye, the goalkeeper, made three saves along with sophomore Amanda Lozada made some saves. The next game for women’s soccer is off campus against Elmhurst College on September 16 at 7:00 p.m.
“Illinois Wesleyan is one of the top teams in the country, and we competed very well for 80 minutes. There was a stretch for 10 minutes where we conceded far too many goals, and some odd circumstances occurred. I was happy to see some things during the game, but the poor 10 minutes, and ultimately, the score line we were not happy with. We certainly did not deserve that outcome. Playing top teams like Illinois Wesleyan will only help us prepare for NACC play that starts up in a couple weeks,” said head coach Michael Boland.