Nov. 12, 2010

Courtesy of Loras Athletics

The Loras College women's soccer team advanced to the second round of the NCAA Division III Women's Soccer Championships on Friday night with a 3-1 win over the Aurora University Spartans in the Rock Bowl.

It took a while to get going, and it wasn't the usual suspects scoring the three Loras goals either. Jessica Kern did add two assists, as a couple of defensive players did the damage in the second half for the Duhawks.

As in REALLY defensive players. As in, wearing-a-green-jersey defensive player. And still-50-yards-from the-goal-when-she-took-a-shot defensive player.

Katie Chambers and Sarah Trump were the difference for the Duhawks in the first win for Loras in the NCAA Division III Championships since 2006 (Loras advanced on penalty kicks in 2008).

Junior goalkeeper Katie Chambers scored twice in the second half in a six minute span to earn the game-winning goal, and her second and third goals of the season. Chambers redirected a lofted pass from Jessica Kern on a free kick early in the second half while surrounded by number of players from both teams, including Aurora goalkeeper Nicky Cardon.

The Spartans answered quickly in the 63rd minute Christine Kwilosz sent a long distance shot skipping past Loras defense and just inside the post past Chambers. With the momentum quickly gone from the Duhawks in their home stadium, Chambers returned to the front of the Aurora goal just three minutes later to put her name on the score sheet again. This time, it was a corner kick by Kern that Chambers headed in - more convincingly than the first - to give Loras a one goal lead.

Just 30 seconds later, a long distance kick by Sarah Trump from near the sidelines went in the direction of the Spartans goal, bounding over the head of Cardon and into the side of the goal to make it 3-1.

Chambers scored as many goals as she had saves on the night to help the Duhawks past Aurora. Loras outshot the Spartans 10-8.

Loras will play Wartburg in the next round at 6:00 PM on Saturday in the Rock Bowl. The Duhawks have defeated the Knights twice this year, 3-1 in Waverly in early October and 1-0 in the IIAC Tournament finals. The latter was one week ago on November 6.

Round three has a berth to the Sweet 16 on the line.