Senior Madison Kimball
scored in the 98th
minute of play as the Loyola University Chicago women's soccer team battled past Missouri State in overtime, 1-0, this afternoon at Betty & Bobby Allison South Stadium in Springfield, Mo. The win, which keeps Loyola atop the Missouri Valley Conference table, moves the Ramblers to 8-6-1 overall (5-1-0 MVC), while the Bears fall to 8-7-2 (2-2-2 MVC).
Coach Bimbi's Thoughts…
"We weren't as sharp as we have been recently, but, at the end of the day, our girls found a way to get three points on the road. We have positioned ourselves well in the league heading into our matchup on Thursday against Evansville, and that was our goal from day one."
How It Happened
Both goalkeepers were called into action early on in the first half. Junior Kate Moran
stepped up to deny Jordan Eickelman less than six minutes in, before Kaitlin Maxwell turned away junior Sienna Cruz
just past the quarter-hour mark. The two netminders continued to dominate the story as the half wore on, with neither offense breaking through as the Ramblers and Bears remained deadlocked entering halftime.
Kimball wasted little in getting in the mix coming out of the intermission, forcing a stop out of Maxwell in the 48th
minute ahead of a misfire off of a corner kick by fellow senior Taylor Lambouris
three minutes later. Missouri State looked to have taken the lead just past the hour mark when Kayleigh Putnam finished off of a set-piece opportunity, only for the referee to disallow the goal due to the offside flag being up.
Both teams continued to push forward in search of a potential winning goal as regulation wound down. Moran notched her second save of the half in the 72nd
minute, collecting Ashley Coonfield's attempt. With just under 15 minutes to play, freshman Abby Swanson
directed a free kick by junior Madison Laudeman
past Maxwell and into the back of the net but, as was the case earlier in the half, the goal was waived off due to offsides, ultimately ensuring that overtime would be needed.
Loyola controlled the pace of play in the extra session, with Maxwell making a pair of saves to keep the home side alive. Kimball would ultimately put the game away with just under two minutes to play, chasing down a long pass from Lambouris and unleashing a blast the found its way inside the far post to seal a 1-0 victory for the Maroon & Gold.
Looking At The Numbers
- Kimball's goal brings her season total in the category to five, a mark that ranks second on the Rambler roster. It was the first overtime game-winner of her collegiate career.
- Lambouris was credited with her second assist of the year on Kimball's winning goal. She is now just one helper shy of moving into a tie for third alongside Ashley Baron (2001-04) on Loyola's career assists leaderboard.
- Moran tied a season-high with six saves to highlight another sparkling performance from Loyola's defensive unit. The Ramblers, who have racked up four shutouts over their past five games, sport a sparkling 0.82 goals against average since the start of MVC play.
Loyola will look to clinch its first Missouri Valley Conference regular-season title on Thursday afternoon when it plays host to Evansville at 4 p.m.