Oct. 20, 2010
CHICAGO- Playing likely for the final time this season at Loyola Soccer Park, the Loyola University Chicago men's soccer team fired 10 team shots, but cross-town rival Northwestern netted the game's lone goal in the second half to down the Ramblers 1-0 on Wednesday evening.
Loyola drops its third straight 1-0 game, moving to 3-8-2 (3-1-1) in the 2010 campaign. Northwestern improves to 7-5-2 (1-1-1) this season.
In a tight first half that featured an aggressive Northwestern offense, the Loyola defense, led by goalkeeper Peter McKeown, kept the game scoreless, despite 11 Wildcat shots. The Ramblers attempted three of their own in the opening frame, all of which missed the net.
In the second half, Northwestern broke through in the 56th minute, when Peter O'Neill made a cross-pass to Oliver Kupe inside the Loyola box. Kupe, who fired a game-high seven shots in the contest, fired a dagger past McKeown five yards out, giving the Wildcats a 1-0 lead.
With an improved showing in the final half, the Rambler offense mustered seven second half shots, nearly tying the game on a few occasions.
Chris Mills attempted Loyola's only shot on goal in the contest in the 54th minute, when the game was scoreless. Mills made a quick move on the far side of the field and heaved a shot that was saved by Wildcat goalkeeper Drew Kotler.
In the 84th minute, Josh Westberg gave Loyola one last hope with a header that just missed wide of net. As the scoreboard sounded for regulation, Northwestern held onto the 1-0 win.
Westberg led the Ramblers with five shots. Mills and James Howe each attempted two shots on Wednesday. Both teams recorded one shot on goal a piece.
Loyola will return to Horizon League action on October 24, when they meet conference-leader Butler at the Butler Bowl in Indianapolis, Indiana. Kick-off is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. CST.