Aug. 19, 2012
CHICAGO - The Loyola women's soccer team earned a 1-0 win in their season opener against DePaul on Sunday at Wish Field. Junior Tricia Stonebraker scored the first goal of the season for the Ramblers off an assist by junior Maggie Olsen.
"I was really proud of the way the girls came out and executed the game plan," said head coach Barry Bimbi. "We wanted to connect through the midfield and really attack their back line off the dribble and get the ball wide for a lot of crosses. Just the application of the game plan going in was fantastic, especially in the first 30 minutes. It was a nice reward to get the goal."
Loyola controlled much of the first half as senior Jessie Hubly set the tone early with a shot on goal three minutes in to the game. The Ramblers distributed the ball well up top, keeping Depaul's Megan Pyrz busy in goal.
In the 20th minute, senior Sally Tashjian was able to serve the ball to senior Kristin Papierski who dribbled through the back line, sending a pass wide to Olsen. A quick cross by Olsen in to the box, gave Stonebraker time to make a touch and send the ball between the posts from ten yards out. The early goal helped to secure the win for the Ramblers.
The second half played out a bit differently as DePaul recovered itself, holding strong and putting pressure on sophomore goalkeeper Monica Gonyo and the Loyola defensive line. Even as the Blue Demons outshot Loyola in the second half 7-6, the Ramblers took the win and sophomore Monica Gonyo earned the shutout with five saves.
"I thought our back line did a great job," said Coach Bimbi. "We gave up a few shots from distance that ended up being saved and we had a couple of corner kicks that we defended really well. When you come out with zero goals in the first game it's a true testament to the back line and the goalkeeper."
The Ramblers continue play Friday, August 24 against the Iowa Hawkeyes. The game will be held at Iowa Soccer Complex and is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.