Sept. 16, 2012
CHICAGO - The women's soccer team was in it to win it on Sunday afternoon, taking the lead, 1-0, against Bowling Green in the first 20 minutes of the game. Freshman Brielle Haupt scored the only goal, shooting the ball five yards out from an assist by senior Tessa Daniels.
Loyola made a statement early on, as Haupt posted a hard shot between the posts in the 17th minute after receiving a long ball from Daniels. It was the first shot for Loyola and proved to be enough to help the Ramblers to their fourth win this season.
Sophomore Valerie Gonyo posted the only other shot during the first half, placing a header just wide of the goal in the 39th minute. Even with Loyola in the lead, Bowling Green managed to control much of the first half, outshooting the Ramblers 9-2.
After the intermission, Loyola was kept on its heels, steadfastly defending the goal. Sophomore goalkeeper Monica Gonyo had seven saves between the posts, proving to be the deciding factor in the match.
Bowling Green produced several chances up top in the second half, including three shots in the last 10 minutes. It was all to no avail, however, as the Ramblers closed the game with the win, 1-0.
"During the first half we were much more dangerous," said head coach Barry Bimbi. "The second half we had to stay on our heels more. Monica Gonyo was fantastic in goal, making some great saves for the team. With five girls being injured, we played 21 girls today, so it was more of an all-hands on deck effort and it really paid off."
The win brings the Ramblers to a 4-4-1 overall record this season. Loyola hosts Cleveland State on Friday, Sept. 21 at Loyola Soccer Park before heading to Indiana State on Sunday, Sept. 23. Kickoff on Friday is set for 7 p.m. CT.