Oct. 12, 2005
Evanston, Ill. - Northwestern scored two goals late in the first half, including a back-breaker in the final two minutes, and cruised to a 4-0 win over Loyola this afternoon in Evanston, Ill. The Ramblers drop to 4-5-2 with the setback while Northwestern improves to 7-4 with the win.
After a scoreless opening half-hour, Northwestern started to assert itself offensively, especially on set pieces. Loyola's Lee Zarzecki cleared a shot off the line following a corner kick in the 30th minute and shortly thereafter, Northwestern opened the scoring. A mis-hit clearance in the Rambler defensive third started the Wildcat attack that ended with a foul in the penalty box. Gerardo Alvarez converted the spot kick to give the Wildcats a 1-0 lead after 33 minutes. With the teams settling in, the hosts grabbed a crucial, albeit controversial, second goal in the waning minutes of the half. With the Loyola sideline vehemently contesting the positioning of the ball on a corner kick, Brad Napper poked the ball into the net to give NU a commanding 2-0 lead heading into intermission.
The second half was more of the same and the Wildcats put the game away with goals in the 66th and 69th minutes.
Loyola has no time to dwell on the defeat as it returns to the comforts of Loyola Soccer Park for a pair of Horizon League matches, beginning with Butler on Friday evening.