Oct. 7, 2012
CHICAGO – Loyola University Chicago women’s soccer played conference foe Wright State in a double overtime game on Saturday night, ending the match in a scoreless draw. Sophomore goalkeeper Monica Gonyo made 11 saves as sophomore Moriah Schwarz led the Ramblers’ offense, posting three shots.
“We came out and Wright State had us on our heels a little bit,” said head coach Barry Bimbi. “They took the game from the opening whistle better then we did, but I think we settled in and got them to turn the ball over in some dangerous areas. Defensively, I thought we were solid. Most of their shots were from distance and routine shots, but when Monica was called upon she did a great job.”
Wright State opened the game, controlling possession of the ball and testing the Ramblers’ defense in the first 20 minutes. As Loyola settled in and found its rhythm, opportunities opened up on offense and the Ramblers began challenging the Raiders.
In the 30th minute, Schwarz ripped a shot to the far corner of the net, forcing Wright State goalkeeper Brooke McCurdy to make a diving save for the ball. It would be one of only two shots for the Ramblers in the first half, but enough to keep the Raiders on their heels heading into halftime with a scoreless game.
After the break, Loyola came out strong, earning two back-to-back corner kicks five minutes into the second half. Senior Jessie Hubly was the driving force behind the Loyola offense, initiating plays and posting two shots on goal.
Hubly’s best chance came in the 63rd minute when she dribbled through the Raiders’ backline, powering a low shot directly into McCurdy’s hands. The shot helped to ignite the Ramblers as Loyola continued to hold off Wright State and produce plays up top.
Senior Ana Claudia Michelini created the final chances for Loyola, ending regulation with a shot 20 yards out, sending the ball high of the crossbar in the 85th minute. Two minutes later, Michelini regained possession, powering a shot to the net as McCurdy made the save.
With the game scoreless, the first overtime period began and Wright State looked to regain control of the match . A header shot by the Raiders’ Liz Soto left Gonyo making a great save as she reached to brush the ball away from the net.
Senior Kristin Papierski had the only shot for Loyola, sending the ball to the upper left corner of the net in the 99th minute. Wright State’s goalkeeper made the save, initiating the second overtime period.
It was a quiet end to the match as Gonyo made two additional saves, earning her fifth shutout this season. Schwarz took a final shot for the Ramblers in the 109th minute, but another save by McCurdy sealed the scoreless draw.
“Defensively, our goal was to stay strong in the back and stay composed,” said Monica Gonyo. “We had to remember the little things and make sure we kept the ball out of the net to get another shutout. Our goal was to come out and win. It didn’t happen, but we played a great team tonight and we’re pretty happy with the result. We’re ready to move on and see what we can do next week against Milwaukee.”
Loyola continues the 2012 campaign, traveling to UW-Milwaukee on Wednesday, Oct. 10, where the Ramblers will take on the Panthers at 7 p.m.