Aug. 31, 2012
CHICAGO - Loyola men's soccer suffered a 3-1 loss to Drake on Friday night with sophomore Andrew Raymonds scoring the only goal for the Ramblers. Missed opportunities contributed to the Loyola setback as Drake seized a 6-2 advantage on corners.
The game was slow to start for both teams with the Ramblers putting the first shot on the board in the 14th minute. A corner kick by freshman Ryan Howe set up Eric Schoendorf on the shot and Drake goalkeeper Rich Gallagher notched the save. Drake made a quick turn-around, taking the lead four minutes later off a header delivered by Nick Marshall past senior goalkeeper Peter McKeown.
"We definitely had a lot of opportunities," said head coach Brendan Eitz. "We had more shots on goal then they did, we just didn't get the ball in the net."
At the return of the game, Howe opened the second half for Loyola with a shot just wide of the post, developing momentum on offense. The opportunities were there for the Ramblers, but missed chances became a common recurrence throughout much of the night. A goal by Logan North in the 73rd minute extended the Bulldogs lead 2-0. Just ten minutes later Drake scored again, this time with Addison Eck serving the ball in from the top of the box.
It was Raymonds who finally put a goal on the board for Loyola, tapping the ball in from an assist by junior Brian Lunar with only one minute left in the game. Howe and Raymonds led the Ramblers in shots, contributing to a 5-4 advantage in shots on goal against the Bulldogs. The loss brings Loyola to a 0-2-0 record this season.
"We've got a lot of young guys out there," said Coach Eitz. "The younger players are getting experience that's invaluable. We're just going through some growing pains right now, but we're definitely going to win with these guys."