Sept. 18, 2012
CHICAGO - Loyola University Chicago dropped its game against Eastern Illinois on Tuesday, 2-0. An early strike by the Panthers left the Ramblers struggling to come from behind, but missed opportunities up top contributed to the loss.
Loyola faced a determined Eastern Illinois team, immediately falling to the Panthers, 1-0, in the sixth minute. A free ball near the box brought senior goalkeeper Peter McKeown out of goal, as Eastern Illinois' Tayron Martin beat him to it, allowing Martin to chip the ball over McKeown's shoulders and into the net.
The Ramblers battled the early setback, working to create opportunities up top. In the 21st minute a long ball from freshman Daniel Hare set freshman Richard Lenke up for a shot just inside the goalie box. Lenke's shot flew just wide of the post.
Stressing the importance of set-piece opportunities all season, Loyola had plenty of chances to finish, earning four corner kicks, three of which fell in the final three minutes of the first half. Even with the opportunities, however, the Ramblers went into the intermission trailing 1-0.
Freshman Tim Dobrowolski replaced McKeown in goal during the second half, challenging the Panthers' Will Butler and making a great save in the 55th minute. Freshman Ryan Howe immediately answered back for the Ramblers, receiving a long ball from sophomore Andrew Raymonds, sending the shot wide of the goal.
In the 65th minute, the Panthers extended their lead, 2-0, as Tayron Martin broke away from the Ramblers' backline, sending a rocket in from the left side. Dobrowolski reached for the shot, but the ball skimmed by, landing squarely in the back of the net.
Howe attempted one last shot on goal with four minutes left in the game, powering a shot into the waiting hands of the Panthers' goalkeeper. The Ramblers ended the game trailing 2-0, bringing their overall record to 1-5-0.
"We're going to continue to battle," said assistant coach Stan Anderson. "There's no doubt about that. It's tough for any team to come back after giving away a goal in the sixth minute. The Panthers capitalized on another one late and we came out and attacked the final third, but ultimately we didn't get that goal that we needed. Our young players will continue to learn and we'll get them prepared again."
Loyola begins conference play this Saturday, Sept. 22 against Valparaiso. The game is set to start at 7 p.m.