Goals Elude Women's Soccer in First Defeat

Sep 4, 2015

AURORA, Ill. - The University of Dubuque women's soccer team came up empty on the road at #13 Aurora, 2-0, despite a 15-8 shot advantage and seven shots on goal.

The 101 degree heat index wasn't the only thing the Spartans were battling as tried to avenge a 3-0 defeat at the hands of #13 Aurora nearly a decade ago. Led by senior Katie Lynn, the Spartans (1-1) featured three players with two shots on goal apiece, but Aurora goalkeeper Caitlin DeRuiter, kept UD at bay after saving all seven shots on goal.

As a result, Aurora took advantage and went into halftime with a 1-0 lead thanks to a goal in the 39th minute. UD came out firing in the second half, but couldn't convert after leading the shot count 10-5. Aurora knocked in an insurance goal at the 79th minute to nearly seal the deal. Nicci Bermudes became Aurora's leading scorer in school history after netting both goals.

UD wasn't finished as freshman Lauren Cangelosi's shot a few moments later screamed off the post. Cangelosi attempted three corner kicks within the span of a minute, but the Spartans fell short for the first time this season.

Lynn tallied a game-high six shots while goalkeeper Paige Dykstra collected four saves.

The Spartans drop to 1-4 against Aurora with their lone victory coming in 2005 by the score of 3-1.

The Spartans will face Adrian College at Aurora, Ill. to finish up the Chelsea Lloyd Memorial Tourney at 12:00 p.m. this Sunday, September 6.