Aug. 31, 2012
CHICAGO - The Loyola women's soccer team suffered another loss on the road Friday, falling to Toledo 3-0 at Scott Field. Senior Kristin Papierski and junior Alex Brown led the Ramblers on offense with two shots apiece while sophomore Monica Gonyo made seven saves back in goal. Toledo outshot Loyola 12-9, also taking a 4-1 advantage in corner kicks.
Loyola made a strong showing offensively in the first 20 minutes with junior Maggie Olsen taking the first shot for the Ramblers only three minutes into the game. Three consecutive shots followed for Loyola, ending with a tremendous save by Toledo goalkeeper Sam Tiongson off a shot by senior Ana Claudia Michelini.
With Loyola leading in shots 4-0 in the 21st minute, the Rockets finally put the ball between the posts allowing Gonyo to make her first save of the game. This proved to be the turning point as Toledo opened up on offense earning a corner kick in the 27th minute to set up a goal by Rachel MacLeod off a header, sending the Ramblers to trail 1-0 at halftime.
"Playing on the road, especially these last three games, has been tough," said head coach Barry Bimbi. "We're having really good spells and creating a lot of chances, but we're still looking for that moment in the game that changes it for us. We're doing enough to create chances and score goals, but we don't have that special moment right now."
During the second half Toledo continued delivering shots to Gonyo, forcing unrelenting pressure on the Loyola defense and a shot off left post by Sarah Seig padded the Rockets lead 2-0 in the 55th minute. Brown responded with a header minutes later, sending the ball wide of the net. Emily Tustin sealed the win for Toledo, ending the game with another header to extend the Rockets lead 3-0.
The Ramblers continue the 2012 season travelling to DeKalb, Illinois on Sunday where they will take on the Northern Illinois Huskies at 1:00 p.m.