Nov. 9, 2010
CHICAGO- Junior Erik Warren put Loyola University Chicago out front 1-0 with a goal in the first half, and senior Willie Koss sealed the victory with two scores in the final frame, as Loyola ousts Milwaukee 3-0 in the First Round of the 2010 Horizon League Tournament on Tuesday evening at Loyola Soccer Park.
The Ramblers now advance into the semifinals of the conference tournament, where they will meet Green Bay on Friday, November 12 in Indianapolis.
After a back and forth start to the contest, the teams aggressively made their presence known on the offensive end with seven combined shots. Loyola led the charge with seven first half corner kicks. On the seventh and final free sideline try in the period, their efforts were awarded.
In the 41st minute, senior Chris Mills lofted a floater into the Panther box to a waiting Warren, who found a open look at the goal and netted a shot from three yards out, giving the Ramblers a 1-0 lead.
Warren's first goal of the season would take Loyola into halftime with a 1-0 advantage.
In the second half, the Panthers pushed the ball deep into Rambler territory, providing a shot from Ross Van Osdol. When it looked as if Milwaukee was going to even up the contest, its aggressive mindset, however, ended up playing right into Loyola's hands.
After failing to find the scoreboard on numerous occasions, the Panthers moved slowly back on defense, allowing Koss to put on a career night in the process.
In the 70th minute, Koss made the score 2-0, when he found a pass around midfield and took it the distance, angling a dagger to the right side of the Panther goal from 12 yards out.
Two minutes later on almost the exact play, the senior again found the ball and drove down the middle of the field and fired a shot from 25 yards out into Panther net, giving Loyola a comfortable 3-0 lead.
The final goal was all Loyola needed to take down Milwaukee and cruise to victory.
Koss led the offensive charge with two goals on two shots. Warren attempted a pair of shots and netted a goal. Between the posts, Rambler goalkeeper Peter McKeown put forth his best performance of the season, making four saves.
The Ramblers will rest and reload for Friday's match at the Butler Bowl against the Phoenix. Kick-off is set for 11:00 a.m. CST.