Sept. 30, 2012
CHICAGO - Loyola University Chicago women's soccer played a hard-fought match on Sunday afternoon, falling to Detroit, 1-0, and ending its six-game unbeaten streak. The Ramblers played a strong first half, but the Titans were on their heels after the break, scoring the game-winner with five minutes left in regulation.
"The team came out in the first half and really set the pace," said head coach Barry Bimbi. "We were good in the first 25 minutes forcing a lot of turnovers and creating chances, but in the second half Detroit got their feet under them."
Junior Tricia Stonebraker set the pace for the Ramblers, posting a shot on goal in the fourth minute. Detroit answered with a shot by Alyssa Riley, but Monica Gonyomade a great save, allowing Loyola to regain possession.
Senior Jessie Hublyand Stonebraker continued to challenge the Titans' goalkeeper. In the 11th minute, Stonebraker powered a hard shot between the posts, but a great save by the keeper kept the match scoreless.
At the return of play, Detroit immediately challenged Loyola, taking possession of the second half. The Ramblers could not manage to get any shots in, looking to the backline to hold the game scoreless. Sophomore goalkeeper Monica Gonyohelped to carry Loyola, making three saves and holding off a determined Titans' offense.
In the 85th minute, Detroit's Nina Carter proved to be the game's deciding factor. Carter received the ball from a corner kick, putting a low shot in the back of the net to score the game-winner for the Titans.
"Overall I thought we played well enough to get a tie game on the road," said Coach Bimbi. "It definitely hurts giving up a late goal like that and in a conference game, so that was disappointing for us."
The loss brings Loyola to a 1-1 Horizon League record as the Ramblers are now 6-5-1 overall this season. Loyola continues the 2012 campaign on Wednesday, Oct. 3, traveling to Normal, Ill., for a non-conference match against Illinois State. Kickoff is set for 4 p.m.