Oct. 26, 2013
EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. - Junior Brian Bement scored just over eight minutes into the first overtime this evening to help secure Loyola it's first Missouri Valley Conference victory, 1-0, over Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) at Korte Stadium in Edwardsville, Ill. The victory catapults Loyola into fifth-place in the conference table with only Central Arkansas (Nov. 3) remaining on the conference schedule.
"Tonight was an outstanding team performance from our guys," said Loyola head men's soccer coach Neil Jones. "We battled the entire game against a very solid SIUE team. In overtime, it comes down to which team can make a play and, fortunately, our St. Louis boy, Brian Bement, was able to secure our first-ever MVC win."
Both teams entered tonight's game knowing that chances to accumulate points in conference play were fleeting fast. That was apparent early on as the game took on physical tone from the onset with each team being whistled for multiple fouls. Sophomore Jake Savino and senior Enrique Garcia each fired wide of goal in the opening twenty minutes of the first half.
Sophomore Tim Dobrowolski made what turned out to be his only save of the night in the 24th minute on Christian Volesky's shot. In a theme that has developed over the past few weeks for Loyola, the Ramblers relied heavily on another fantastic defensive performance in the opening 45 minutes as the game headed to halftime scoreless.
The defensive theme from the first half carried right into the second. Neither team tallied a shot on goal. Senior Eric Nock posted Loyola's only shot of the half in the opening minutes but his attempt sailed wide of the Cougar net. The Ramblers survived a late scare when Andrew Kendall-Moullin's header in the final minutes floated wide of Dobrowolski's net, sending the game into overtime on a mild evening near the Illinois & Missouri boarder.
Bement, a native of nearby Waterloo, Ill., had the first chance of the opening overtime for either team fall to his right foot and did not let it pass him by. Savino sent a cross into the box from the left side that resulted in a scramble for possession. Bement unleashed a thundering blast from seven yards out that set off a wild Loyola celebration as the Ramblers defeated the preseason league favorite for their first conference victory in program history.
Loyola will wrap up its road schedule on Wednesday night, just up the road in Evanston, Ill. with a non-conference tilt against Northwestern. The Ramblers and Wildcats will kickoff at 7 p.m. from Lakeside Field.