KALAMAZOO, Mich. - After holding Western Michigan to a scoreless first half, the Loyola men's soccer team fell to the Broncos, 4-1 on Saturday in Kalamazoo, Mich.
Western Michigan immediately got after the ball at the start of the game, keeping Loyola on its heels as the Ramblers worked to match the quick-tempo set by the Broncos. 10 minutes into the game, Loyola finally looked to settle in, challenging Western Michigan for possession of the ball.
Sophomore Andrew Raymonds created the first opportunity for Loyola in the 13th minute, taking two back-to-back shots from the left post, but goalkeeper Sean Lewis made the saves.
Minutes later the Broncos sent a rocket from just outside the 18 as senior goalkeeper Peter McKeown made a great save, stretching across the goal to swat the ball away. With both teams unable to finish up top, the game remained scoreless heading into halftime.
"I really believe they held us during that first half," said head coach Brendan Eitz. "James Howe and Raymonds really helped us on the attack today and we look to continue seeing that in the future. W e had better chances in the first half and I think that was some of the best soccer we've played this year."
Following the intermission, the Broncos took control of the field, hammering down and pressuring the Loyola defense. Raymonds created a quick opportunity in the 49th minute for the Ramblers, sending a shot just high of the goal.
Two minutes later, Western Michigan's Erik Kelly shot the ball to the far right post, falling just out of reach of McKeown's outstretched hands, giving the Broncos the lead 1-0. Riding the momentum, Western Michigan extended its lead in the 63rd minute off a goal by Marco Lobo.
Loyola was not content falling behind, however, as the team fought back challenging the Broncos defense. Sophomore Brian Lunar delivered a long ball across the field in the 80th minute, landing it at the feet of Raymonds who chipped the ball past the keeper for his third goal of the season. The goal brought Loyola to within one goal of Western Michigan with the score 2-1.
The final two goals for the Broncos came with under four minutes left in the game. A breakaway by Marco Lobo and a hard shot by Scott Zech cushioned Western Michigan's win, 4-1.
Loyola looks to find its first win of the season on Tuesday, Sept. 11 during the next game against rival DePaul University. The game will be held at Wish Field with kickoff set for 3 p.m.