Bergstrom Leads Ramblers to 3-0 Victory
Loyola concludes preseason play with win over Roosevelt
Aug. 18, 201
CHICAGO - Dane Bergstrom dominated the night for the Loyola men's soccer team, scoring two goals during the exhibition game against Roosevelt University on Saturday night and helping the Ramblers to a 3-0 win.
"It was a good game," said head coach Brendan Eitz. "Our wing play was a lot better tonight and we had a lot of chances to score. All in all you're seeing a lot of young guys playing hard."
Wing play was the recurring theme for the Ramblers as the offense found several scoring opportunities throughout the night. Taking an 8-1 advantage in shots during the first half, Loyola had the Lakers goalie working hard between the posts as sophomore Andrew Raymonds led up top with four early shots.
"We saw at the beginning of the first half some good wing play," said Coach Eitz. "We got away from it a little bit as we got more direct, so at half time we wanted to get back to what was working and being patient."
Patience paid off for the team, as Loyola continued to pressure the Lakers defense, playing more to the wings in the second half. In the 70th minute a corner kick by freshman Ryan Howe set up the Ramblers first goal as Bergstrom found the back of the net off an assist by sophomore Brian Bement.
The goal sent Loyola on an upswing and junior James Howe scored eight minutes later from an assist by Bergstrom, improving the Ramblers lead 2-0. Bergstrom had more to show, however, placing a shot past the Roosevelt goalkeeper with seven seconds left in the game.
"Bergstrom came off the bench, playing with about thirty minutes left and picked up a lot of scoring opportunities," said Coach Eitz. "He's showing a lot and playing in to the position. He earned his playing time tonight."
Loyola ended the night with a 21-1 advantage in shots and 14-1 advantage in corner kicks as the 3-0 win over Roosevelt concludes preseason play. Friday, August 24 the Ramblers host Central Arkansas for the season opener at 7 p.m.