STORM LAKE, IOWA – The University of Dubuque Women’s Soccer team won its sixth straight game on Saturday afternoon, setting a new school record. The 3-1 victory over Buena Vista (9-8-1, 0-6-0 in IIAC) also pushes their unbeaten streak to eight games, 7-0-1. The Spartans are now 9-5-2 overall. UD is 4-1-1 in the Iowa Conference, good for third place.
The Spartans jumped out a 1-0 on an Alexandra Watkins (Northbrook, Ill./Glenbrook North) goal in the 20th minute. Watkins controlled the loose ball from a crowd of defenders and was off on a breakaway for her 11th goal of the year.
Following a UD foul, B.V. did something no one has been able to do for five games and 525 minutes, score on the Spartans. The Beavers tied the game at 1-1 on a free kick from 25 yards out. It was the first goal allowed by Loisann DeLass (Albuquerque, N.M./Hohenfels) since September 22nd at Wartburg snapping a string of 504 scoreless minutes in goal.
Tied 1-1 at the half, UD held a 9-2 shot and 3-0 corner kick advantage on Buena Vista.
The Spartans would light up the scoreboard first in the second half as Megan Siepler (La Canada, Calif./La Canada) scored on a scramble in the box to give UD a 2-1 lead. The goal was her fifth of the season and third in the last two games. UD would score an insurance goal in the 62nd minute on a header by Watkins, her second of the day to stretch the lead to 3-1. The goal would come on a corner kick from Melissa Sawyer (Northbrook, Ill./Glenbrook North).
DeLass finished the game with two saves and one goal allowed while earning her seventh win of the year. DeLass is a perfect 7-0-0 on the season with a 0.43 goals against average.
Freshman Katie Lynn (Fox River Grove, Ill./Barrington) led UD with six shots and one shot on goal. Watkins finished with two goals on five total shots. Siepler, Watkins, and Melanie Prudhomme (Lakemoor, Ill./Wauconda) all finished with two shots on goal. UD finished with a 17-7 advantage in shots.
UP NEXT: The Spartans will take on Iowa Conference leading #23 Loras College (14-4-0, 6-0-0) on Tuesday night at Loras. Gametime is 6:00pm. The game is the last regular season contest for each team as the IIAC Tournament will begin on Saturday, October 27th.
GAME NOTES: UD is a perfect 12-0 all-time against Buena Vista… In the 12 matchups the Spartans have shutout the Beavers nine times and have outscored them 56-3… Watkins two goals give her 29 for her career, the fifth highest total in UD history…