CHICAGO - In its second overtime game of the week, the Loyola University Chicago women's soccer team brought home another win, edging Western Michigan on Sunday, 2-1.
Senior Ana Claudia Michelini scored the first goal of the game, taking a penalty kick in the 33rd minute. The lead was short-lived for Loyola, as Western Michigan fought back, earning a goal in the 38th minute by Aubrey Sudomier.
The Ramblers had their hands full, battling an eager Broncos' offense with the game tied 1-1. Loyola played with heart, steadfastly defending the goal as Western Michigan outshot the team 17-3.
"We were challenged," said head coach Barry Bimbi. "We tired a bit at the end of regulation and that's where a lot of their shots came. We've really worked on teaching the girls clearance and getting the ball high. Our defense was really solid and fought for it today."
Heading into overtime for another chance at redemption, Loyola refused to back down. Western Michigan came out hard, immediately taking a shot and sending the ball just wide of the post. Minutes later, Gonyo made two great saves in goal, fueling a Rambler comeback.
Taking advantage of a turnover in the 99th minute, senior Kristin Papierski dribbled through two Western Michigan defenders, making a quick cross to sophomore Monika Lee who tapped the ball into a wide-open goal. The play gave the Ramblers the win 2-1, improving their overall record 3-4-0.
"The team is starting to believe and do all of the little things that winning teams do," said Coach Bimbi. "When we're on the road, we really stress that we have to find ways to really grind it out. We knew Western Michigan had a prolific offense and they liked to shoot. You hate to give up a one goal lead for the second game in a row, but on the bright side I'm extremely proud of the girls for responding to it and finding a win."
The Ramblers return home to Loyola Soccer Park, where they will prepare for their next home game on Friday, Sept. 14 against South Dakota. The game is set to start at 7:30 p.m.