Oct. 10, 2012
MILWAUKEE, Wis. - Following what has become a common theme this season, Loyola University Chicago women's soccer played its second consecutive double overtime game on Wednesday, falling to UW-Milwaukee, 2-1, with 24 seconds left on the clock.
"I feel really bad for the girls because they gave all they had," said head coach Barry Bimbi. "They left their hearts out on the field tonight. It's hard to walk away without any points after putting forth the effort that we did."
The Panthers were eager for a win at the start of the game, immediately challenging the Ramblers. Milwaukee's Kelsey Holbert took advantage of Loyola's slow start, shooting from eight yards out and scoring the first goal to give the Panthers a 1-0 lead in the ninth minute.
Loyola found its feet 15 minutes into the match, fighting for possession as senior Chelsie Stokes powered a shot just high of the crossbar in the 18th minute. The shot ignited the Ramblers' offense, initiating back-to-back shots by seniors Ana Claudia Michelini and Kristin Papierski.
Freshman Brielle Haupt had a last look for Loyola before the intermission, putting a header into the hands of the Milwaukee goalkeeper. It was not enough, however, as the Ramblers went into halftime trailing, 1-0.
"Heading into the second half we talked about being better in the box," said Coach Bimbi. "In the first half we created several chances, but we had no goal to show for it, so that's something we really wanted to execute during the remainder of the game."
At the return of play, Loyola proved it was focused on a comeback. In the 61st minute, sophomore Moriah Schwarz placed a header on a pass by freshman Mariah Vichich, sending the ball inside the bottom left corner of the net. The goal knotted the game, 1-1, putting the Ramblers back in it as overtime began.
The first overtime was quiet, and sophomore goalkeeper Monica Gonyo made one save as Milwaukee took a slight 2-1 advantage in shots. Loyola regained control in the second overtime, with Michelini posting back-to-back shots in the 102nd minute. Junior Alex Brown followed suit, taking a shot just inside the goal box, sending the ball wide of the post.
With only 24 seconds left in the game, it was Milwaukee who found its way to the back of the net as Helen Steinhauser scored the game-winner, giving the Panthers the 2-1 win.
Loyola continues its three-game road swing on Sunday, Oct. 14 when the Ramblers take on Youngstown State. Kickoff is scheduled for 12 p.m.