A Closer Look at Loras College
Loras College became the final team to punch its ticket to Greensboro with a 4-1 win over the Ohio Northern University Polar Bears. After 45 minutes of scoreless soccer, a pair of Duhawks put home two goals apiece in the second half to send Loras to its second Final Four in as many years.
The Duhawks head to the semifinals against Messiah with a 20-4-1 record. They are 9-2-1 all time in NCAA Tournament history, including 5-0 at home over the last two seasons. Loras hosted opening-round wins over Greenville and Dominican before knocking out Augsburg in the Round of 16 (2-1 in double overtime) and Ohio Northern in the Sectional finals.
The 2007 Loras squad was the most successful in program history, posting a 23-0-2 record as the only men’s soccer team in any division without a loss on the year. After outscoring opponents 69-6, the road came to an end in the national semifinals, when the Duhawks were edged by eventual champion Middlebury in penalty kicks.
Loras went 15-3-1 during the 2008 regular season but fell to Wartburg in the finals of the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference tournament. The Duhawks have outscored opponents 67-19 on the year, with sophomore Miguel Bonilla and junior Santiago Mejia pacing the offense. While Bonilla leads the team with 18 goals, Mejia’s 17 assists are the fifth most in Division III. Sophomore Nate DuBois has saved 82 percent of the shots he has faced, posting 11 shutouts with a 0.74 goals-against average.
Now in his 11th season with the Duhawks, head coach Dan Rothert (Loras ’96) has led his alma mater to a 74-13-6 record in the last four years, and this year is looking to make his first appearance in the national championship match.
For more information on the Duhawks, visit the official team Website.