Aug. 25, 2012
CHICAGO - Iowa challenged the women's soccer team early-on Friday night, as Loyola suffered a 4-0 loss to the Hawkeyes after winning its season opener against DePaul. The Ramblers worked to adapt to Iowa's speed of play, shuffling positions and gaining a valuable learning experience.
"I thought the girls had some very good developments during the game," said head coach Barry Bimbi. "I thought we had some good performances tonight, moving some girls around to try and fill a few holes from injuries."
Iowa dominated the first half, leading 10-1 in shots over the Ramblers, posting four within the first seven minutes. A shot from 18 yards out by Ashley Catrell gave the Hawkeyes the lead 1-0 in the 16th minute. Loyola struggled to recover, giving up two more goals by the 28th minute courtesy of Cloe Lacasse and Katie Nasenbenny. Ana Claudia Michelini recorded a shot for the Ramblers, saved by Hannah Clark with only two minutes left.
Upon the return of the game, Loyola was on the upswing, taking advantage of opportunities on offense. Another goal by Iowa extended the Hawkeyes lead 4-0 in the 60th minute.
Alex Brown created momentum up top, leading the Ramblers in shots as Loyola closed in on Iowa's defense. The team would end with six shots in the second half, a significant improvement over the start of the game. Goalkeeper Carly Stevens was credited with five saves.
"There are definitely some positives coming out of this game," said Coach Bimbi. "The biggest thing is to continue to play how we want to play against these BCS schools. Trying to find some success with our play allows us to adapt to the speed and athleticism of these bigger schools. Our challenge is to get better and improve on what we didn't do well and what we did do well."
Loyola continues the season on the road, traveling to Madison, Wis. on Sunday where the team will play the Wisconsin Badgers. This will be the third straight away game of the season for the Ramblers.