Aug. 16, 2012
CHICAGO - Loyola heads in to the regular season on a high note after defeating UW-Parkside 1-0 in its last exhibition match of the preseason on Thursday. With the Rambler offense on the attack, Valerie Gonyowas able to put Loyola out in front, scoring a goal off a corner to the back post in the 61st minute.
"We're definitely happy with the number of chances we created tonight," said head coach Barry Bimbi. "The girls spirits are up, especially after beating a team like Parkside. To get a result against a quality team heading in to the regular season is great."
The Ramblers immediately took control of the match in the first half, creating opportunities on offense as Loyola outshot UW-Parkside 10-1. Sophomore Sammy Gage and junior Alex Brownkept the Rangers' goalie busy, collecting more than half of Loyola's shots, but to no avail. The score remained 0-0 at the arrival of halftime.
On the return of the game, Loyola did not back down from its offensive stance, as the team outshot UW-Parkside once again 5-1. With the Rambler defense holding strong, Gonyo was finally able to find the back of the net, giving Loyola the lead 1-0. The Rangers had nothing left by the end of the game, allowing Loyola to end the preseason with a win.
"We've been doing a lot more work in the offensive third and creating more opportunities," said Coach Bimbi. "We still need to work on the quality of the run and the quality of our services, but that will come as we get into the regular season and get our legs under us."
The regular season arrives for the women's soccer team this Sunday, August 19 at DePaul University where the Ramblers will take on the Blue Demons at 1 p.m.