Loras women, Stevenson men stay perfect
Tuesday isn't a big day for college soccer, but there were a handful of men's and women's matches on the schedule today. And the results from a few of those matches highlight two programs that are quietly building a solid season.
In college sports, Loras is best known for its men's soccer program, but this week the women Duhawks appeared in the No. 18 spot on the D3soccer.com Top 25 and grabbed some attention. To further build their case, tonight they knocked off No. 16 Wheaton (Ill.) 3-1 at home in the Rock Bowl. Junior Tonya Lohmeyer scored her third goal of the season with the game winner in the 53rd minute. Loras is now 6-0 on the season and have only allowed three goals while scoring 13. Those stats and their undefeated status will be tested this week as Loras will travel to No. 14 Washington University on Sunday.
Stevenson isn't a household name in men's soccer (you might still think of it as Villa Julie), but the Mustangs are undefeated on the season at 6-0 and are 13-2-1 in their last 16 matches. This is a program on the verge of something good. But building a winning program won't be easy as Stevenson plays in the always tough Capital Athletic Conference against the likes of York (Pa.), Salisbury, and Mary Washington. These three programs have won every CAC title since 1992 and will provide the Mustangs a true test of their strength later this season. But for now, the Mustangs are building some momentum by winning matches. Tonight, Stevenson was tested by Shenandoah side that came into the match at 2-3, and took the match into overtime on a goal in the 60th minute. Due to sophomore Ansger Otto's early goal and junior John Adamo's game winner in overtime, the Mustangs remain undefeated and look forward to Saturday's CAC opener against St. Mary's.
In other men's action today, No. 5 Hobart blanked St. John Fisher 3-0, improving to 4-1 on the season. Junior Tony Yeboah had two goals in the winning effort for the Statesmen, who outshot the Cardinals 15-6. Next up for Hobart is a match with No. 7 Rochester on Saturday.
Elsewhere, Oneonta State was a 2-1 victor over Rensselaer. Senior Michael Diefenbacher had the winner in the 72nd minute, a header from junior Tim Sagasti. RPI sophomore Jimmy Mulhern made it close with a goal in the 87th minute, but the Red Dragons held on for the win, improving to 3-1-2. RPI falls to 3-2.
In women's action, No. 11 Williams was a 2-1 winner over Springfield College. Bridget Gallagher had the key goal for the Ephs, pushing the score to 2-0 in the 75th minute. Williams improves to 2-0-1, while Springfield falls to 2-3. In a tough road contest, No. 13 Calvin edged by Chicago 1-0, defeating the Maroons for the first time in ten years. The Knights grabbed a goal from freshman Brittany Hieftje in the 30th minute, and the Knight defense held in spite of being outshot 13-11. Ashton Hearn had eight saves in the win for Calvin, who moves to 6-1. The Maroons fall to 1-2-1 on the season.