Oct. 11, 2012
CHICAGO – The Ramblers played intracity rival UIC on Wednesday night, giving up two early goals and ultimately falling to the Flames, 3-1. Freshman Jake Savino scored his second goal of the season, putting Loyola University Chicago on the board in the 59th minute.
“To change the game being down 2-0 is a difficult thing to do," said assistant coach Stan Anderson. "Being down 3-0 is even more difficult to get out of, but we put ourselves in that position. We had a couple of long shots on goal in the first half, but the UIC goalkeeper was at his best. Our mistakes defensively led to easier opportunities for them.”
In its third conference match of the season, Loyola looked to leave the game against UIC with three points added to their Horizon League record, but it was not meant to be. Two early goals by Slobodan Aleksov in the fifth and seventh minutes left the Ramblers down, 2-0.
Sophomore Andrew Raymonds sent the first challenge to UIC in the 15th minute, launching a shot into the hands of the Flames’ goalkeeper. Savino would follow up with a shot on goal in the 32nd minute, but another save by the keeper left the Ramblers trailing UIC heading into the break.
After the intermission, Loyola immediately gave up a corner kick to UIC, setting the Flames up for their third goal of the night. With UIC in possession, Josh Beard sent a ball to the back of the net in the 47th minute, extending the Flames’ lead, 3-0.
Down by the three, the Loyola offense worked hard to get itself on the board as Savino received a ball played wide across the box in the 59th minute. The freshman was quick to get a foot on it, sending a shot sailing into the net, curtailing the final score, 3-1.
The loss brings the Ramblers to a 0-1-2 Horizon League record. Loyola continues conference play on Saturday, Oct. 13, when the team hosts Green Bay at 7 p.m.
“We’re looking to move on and prepare for our game against Green Bay on Saturday,” said Coach Anderson. “The Horizon League standings are still up for grabs and we’re ready for the challenge of playing another conference game. We look forward to being back at home and having a strong showing from our fans.”