Oct. 2, 2012
CHICAGO - Loyola University Chicago men's soccer did not go down easy on Tuesday night, battling No. 24 Creighton to a scoreless first half before dropping the game, 1-0, in the 52nd minute. Freshman goalkeeper Tim Dobrowolskiended the night with 12 saves, contributing to a strong defensive effort by the Ramblers.
"Dobrowolski had a steady performance and managed the game well, making some great saves," said assistant coach Stan Anderson. "You don't want your goalkeeper to have to do that. You want him to have a comfortable evening, but at the end of the day he managed the match well and kept the team in it. He kept us fighting."
The teams split possession during the first thirty minutes of the match, looking for opportunities up top. Sophomore Brian Bementposted the first shot of the night for the Ramblers in the 29th minute, sending the ball high of the crossbar. Creighton managed to outshoot Loyola 6-2, but with Dobrowolski making five saves, the Ramblers held the Bluejays to a scoreless first half.
"There was good energy and we played well in the first half," said head coach Brendan Eitz. "We had a couple of clean looks. Creighton is a good team and we showed that we could play with them at many times."
After the intermission Creighton immediately jumped to the ball, challenging the Ramblers' backline. Timo Pitter found the back of the net for the Bluejays, receiving an assist by Jose Ribas and powering the ball just past Dobrowolsi. The goal gave Creighton a 1-0 lead in the 52nd minute.
Bement had a final chance to score the equalizer for the Ramblers, taking possession of the ball with just under a minute left in regulation. The sophomore made a breakaway down the field, beating the Creighton goalkeeper, but posted a shot wide of the goal. The 1-0 loss brings the Ramblers to a 1-6-2 overall record.
"Creighton is a good team and we showed that we could play with them at many times for long periods," said Coach Anderson. "It was a matter of finishing when we had chances and unfortunately we let one get by us. A big thanks to all of the Loyola fans who made it out to the game and who showed their support for the team."