Loyola Advances To Horizon League Final With 1-0 Win Over Wright State
Heather Lau's 81st-minute goal the difference as Ramblers make title match for second consecutive season
Nov. 9, 2007
Milwaukee, Wis. - Senior Heather Lau scored in the 81st minute as second-seeded Loyola advanced to the Horizon League title match for the second consecutive season with a 1-0 win over Wright State tonight at Englemann Field in Milwaukee, Wis. With the win, the Ramblers tied the school-record for wins in a season and improve to 14-8. Wright State ends its season with a 13-6-1 record.
Loyola had a majority of the possession but was unable to break through in the first half. Katie Heidenreich had three terrific chances in the period, forcing Raider keeper Meghan Hackerson into a pair of fine saves. Wright State's best chance of the half came on a long drive by Megan Mattioda that Colleen Dougherty was able to punch over the bar for a corner in the 42nd minute.
The Ramblers started the second half the same way and nearly went ahead in the 47th minute only for Hackerson to deny Lau off a corner kick. However, the constant pressure finally paid off after 80 minutes. Horizon League Player of the Year Cynthia Morote-Ariza got the ball on the right side and sent in a bender that hit the crossbar. The ball caromed to Cara Morawski, who headed the ball back to the top of the six-yard box for Lau to head into the top of the net. The goal was Lau's second of the season, with the other coming in another 1-0 LU win (vs. Butler). Just 30 seconds after the goal, Wright State nearly drew even as Amber Kasmer took advantage of miscommunication in the back but Dougherty was up to the challenge, coming up with a big save. Loyola defended with discipline the rest of the way to seal their school-record 11th shutout of the season.
Loyola advances to Sunday afternoon's Horizon League Championship match where it will battle top-seeded Milwaukee, a 2-1 (2OT) winner over Butler tonight. Kick-off from Englemann Field is scheduled for Noon CT.