Chicago, Ill. - Illinois Tech women's soccer team opened their
season today at Stuart Field against Davenport
University. After starting off slow and an injury, the
Scarlet Hawks battled back to tie the game at 2-2. After two scoreless
overtimes, the game ended in a draw.
The Scarlet Hawks had a tough first half with Davenport scoring an
early goal and the freshman starter, Amanda Smith, sustaining a broken leg in the
37th minute. However, the Hawks never gave up and the game balanced out
quickly, with the Hawks getting off twelve shots in the first half.
scored another goal with only 33 minutes remaining in the game. The Scarlet
Hawks were not going to give up without a fight, and 10 minutes later Lauren
Walters scored with an assist from Lauren Wissman. The Scarlet Hawks continued
to put pressure on Davenport,
and with 10 minutes remaining Katherine Durbin scored after an assist from
Erica Delgado to tie the game at 2-2.
Two overtimes followed after the regulation 90 minutes, but
neither team was able to score. Hawks keeper and captain, Lauren McClelland,
ended the game with 14 saves.
"It was difficult for us today because of the serious injury
to Amanda in the first half," said Coach Peacock. "It's one of the ugly sides
of the game and my heart goes out to her. She is an important member of the
team and she will be missed this year. Considering everything that happened today,
the injury, going down 2-0, we showed great character to come back. In the end,
if I am being honest, I think we should have won game."
The Scarlet Hawks take on Madonna University
tomorrow at 1:00 on Stuart Field.