Women's Soccer Suffer First Round Exit in IIAC Tournament

Oct 31, 2015

DUBUQUE, Iowa - The University of Dubuque women's soccer team dropped their Iowa Conference First Round match to rival Loras, 2-0, despite matching the Duhawks with five shots on goal and trailing in a competitive shot count, 16-14.

Attempting to defend their 2014 Iowa Conference tournament title, the No. 6 seed Spartans (10-7-2, 2-4-1 Iowa Conference) saw their season come to an end at the hands of the Duhawks for the third time in the last four seasons.

The No. 3 seed Duhawks (11-5-2, 4-2-1 Iowa Conference) scored once in each half and took the lead in the 22nd minute thanks to a free kick that bounced over the head of the Spartans goalkeeper, Megan Moll. An insurance goal was added in the 75th after the Duhawks headed in a loose ball off a high-arcing free kick.

Shortly before the Duhawks final score, a controversial call nullified a game-tying score by UD's Shelby Nicholson in the 74th minute. The junior tapped in what appeared to be a loose ball bobbled by the Loras goalie to net the equalizer, but was later called off because it was judged the Loras goalie had already secured possession. 

The trio of seniors, Lisa Rosas, Kim Trinco, and Katie Lynn, each registered one shot on goal in their final game and leave the UD program as the winningest class in school history with 53 wins and a pair of Iowa Conference Championships. Lynn also finished her Spartan career with the most shots and game-winners in school history.

It was the first time in school history the Spartans registered double-digit wins in four straight seasons.