Loras Advances In PKs Once Again

After earning entry into NCAA Tourney from the PK line, Duhawks do it again

Nov. 16, 2008

They earned their way into the NCAA Division III Women's Soccer Championships with a tie and penalty kick success one week ago. This Saturday, the penalty spot again proved to be the place on the field where the Loras College Duhawks did the most damage. And 12 yards away from that spot, Torey Murray once again inflicted the most pain on an opponent a player ever could from 36 feet away.

After falling behind 1-0 to the #11 St. Thomas Tommies 32 minutes into the game, the Loras College women's soccer team clawed their way back into contention with a second half goal and improved play in many parts of the field. Junior Holly Wilson (pictured) scored the equalizer, her seventh goal of the season, with just over 15 minutes remaining to force overtime. Torey Murray took care of the rest.

The senior goalkeeper, named to the All-IIAC's second team on Saturday, made seven saves in regulation and two in overtime to put the Duhawks in position to win the penalty kick shootout. Murray's opponent in goal, St. Thomas' Amanda Domeier, made six saves in regulation and overtime but none in the shootout.

One after another Alex Clesen, Jenna Kosek, Samantha Messacar, and Holly Wilson marched to the spot and made their penalty kicks. Kirsten Moran, one of the strongest threats over the course of the game with three shots on goal, missed her attempt as St. Thomas' first shooter. Substitute Kaitlin Denis made hers. Then Murray slammed the door shut on Erin Sprangers attempt, setting up Wilson for the game-winner. Holly's shot found the back of the net and the Duhawks were on to the second round.

The tie put Loras' all-time record in the tournament at 4-6-1.

The Duhawks will take on the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point at 1:00 PM on Sunday in the Pointer Soccer Bowl.

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