Ramblers give up two early goals, fall 3-1
Dobrowolski anchors Loyola with 12 saves
Strong second half not enough to seal a win
Early goal by the Panthers sets the tone of the game
After equalizing in the first half, Loyola unable to hang on
Stan Anderson, a native of Palatine, Ill., and a 16-year, college coaching veteran, begins his first season as an assistant men's soccer coach at Loyola University Chicago. Anderson comes to Rogers Park after spending the last six seasons as associate head coach at Marquette University where he guided the Golden Eagles to the 2011 BIG EAST regular-season championship.
"I am excited for the staff and student-athletes to work with Stan," Loyola head coach Brendan Eitz said. "First and foremost, he is a quality family man and understands the Jesuit ideals. Over the past 16 years, he has done an extraordinary job identifying and recruiting high-level student-athletes that have won championships. In addition to his familiarity with the Horizon League from his 10 years as a coach at Milwaukee, Stan is a Chicago guy and knows the soccer scene as well as anybody in the Midwest. He is one of the best, if not the best, recruiters in the country."
Named one of the top assistant coaches in the nation by College Soccer News in 2010, Anderson focused on developing the goalkeepers at Marquette, but he also was instrumental in a number of community service initiatives, including the Soccer Mom Camp, which promoted soccer among women and raised $5,000 for breast cancer awareness.
No stranger to the Horizon League, Anderson spent 10 seasons on the men's soccer staff at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee before moving across town to Marquette. In his 10 seasons at Milwaukee, Anderson helped the Panthers develop into a perennial contender in the Horizon League as they compiled an impressive 136-63-17 overall record, earning five consecutive NCAA Tournament berths during that run. In four of those five NCAA appearances, Milwaukee advanced to the second round. During a dominant run from 2001-05, Anderson helped the Panthers rack up a staggering 30-3-2 record in Horizon League action.
Known for being one of the top goalkeeper coaches in the country, Anderson helped mold Grant Fernstrum into the top goalkeeper in the nation in 2005, at least statistically speaking, as he posted a 0.466 goals-against average, the best mark in NCAA Division I.
"I am looking forward to working with Brendan, the rest of the staff, and the Ramblers," Anderson said. "Over the past 16 seasons I have worked with some great student-athletes and I look forward to working with some great ones at such a world-class university like Loyola. The goal of any athlete or coach is to get to the NCAA Tournament and Loyola has made a habit of that recently. The season is right around the corner so the challenges are ahead of us."
From 1993-95, Anderson served as the boys assistant varsity soccer coach at Fremd High School in Palatine, Ill., and helped lead the team to the state championship match in 1993.
A graduate of Palatine High School, where he is also a member of the school's Hall of Fame, Anderson enjoyed a standout soccer career at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside where he was an All-American. Following his collegiate playing days, he spent one season playing professionally for the Dayton Dynamo of the National Professional Soccer League.