Oct. 23, 2011
CHICAGO - Loyola University Chicago women's soccer won its first Horizon League contest of the season today with a 1-0 victory over Youngstown State at Loyola Soccer Park. With the win, the Ramblers improved their record to 5-10-3 (1-4-2 Horizon League), while the Penguins fell to 3-10-3 (0-5-2 Horizon League).
The match also served to honor the graduating class of Katie Groesch, Lauren Ostarello, and Katie Osberg, as the trio was recognized before the game in a short ceremony. All three were able to see action in the contest. Groesch and Ostarello earned starting assignments, while Osberg changed out of her goalie jersey and mixed it up among the midfield.
The teams battled back and forth in the first half where even though the Penguins held the 6-4 advantage in shots, ball possession weight heavily in favor of Loyola. Neither team could capitalize on their opportunities, sending the game into halftime with a draw.
What started off as a quiet second half, turned into alternating offensive pushes to score. Allison Rydberg tallied her first goal of the season at the 73:18 minute mark to give the Ramblers the 1-0 lead. After an effortless pass from Moriah Schwarz, Rydberg launched a long shot from the top of the box to the upper left corner of the goal for the game-winner.
Loyola controlled the game for the remainder of regulation, continuing solid defensive protection and strong offensive attacks to frustrate the Penguins. Osberg began the Ramblers' final big push for the security goal sending the ball up the field to Schwarz who sent one across the box, just out of reach of Alex Brown for the header.
In addition to her goal, Rydberg notched one other attempt to lead the Rambler offense. Schwarz, along with Valeria Gonyo, also added two shots apiece to the total, while Allison Shimer, Monika Lee, Jessie Hubly, Sally Tashjian, and Ana Claudia Michelini contributed the remaining attempts.
Groesch played a fantastic match in goal for the Ramblers. She collected five total saves, including two spectacular diving stops in the first to lock in the shutout. Groesch earned her first win of the season to improve to 1-3-1. Youngstown State keeper Ali Viola finished with two saves to fall to 3-7-2.
Loyola will close out their regular season against Butler on Friday, Oct. 28. The Ramblers will take on the Bulldogs at 6:00 p.m. in Indianapolis, Ind.