Junior Aleksa Tataryn
found the back of the net in the closing moments of regulation to propel the Loyola University Chicago women's soccer team to a 1-0 victory over Drake this evening on Senior Night at Loyola Soccer Park. The victory, Loyola's third straight, sees the Ramblers continue their perfect start to Missouri Valley Conference play at 3-0-0 (6-5-1 overall), while the Bulldogs drop to 2-1-0 in The Valley (5-8-0 overall).
Coach Bimbi's Thoughts…
"I'm really proud of the effort the girls put fourth tonight. Drake's been a nemesis of ours in the past and our girls really stood tall and kept battling before finally finding the game-winner there late in the second half. It was a physical game. I thought we had a couple chances on set pieces in the first half to maybe put one in but the girls kept at it and found us the goal."
How It Happened
Following an emotional pregame ceremony in which Loyola honored its seven graduating seniors, the game quickly took on a physical tone, with each team being shown a yellow card within the game's opening 16 minutes of play. Senior Claire Oberle
and Sarah Lawrence
both came close to putting the Ramblers in front shortly after the cautions. Oberle put a headed effort just wide of the near post in the 17th
minute, while Lawrence forced an outstretched stop out of Drake goalkeeper Kelsie Stone eight minutes later.
The Ramblers limited quality chances for the visitors as the half wore on, as Drake struggled to break down a well-organized Loyola backline. Stone continued to stand tall in goal for the Bulldogs, tallying two more stops before the intermission.
Loyola kept laying on the pressure coming out of the locker room, generating a pair of corner kicks inside the first 15 minutes of the second stanza. Junior netminder Kate Moran
came up with her second stop of the evening in the 64th
minute of play when she routinely collected a blast by Libby Helverson to keep the game scoreless.
Persistence paid off for the Maroon & Gold in the 76th
minute. Tataryn was able to corral a carom off a Bulldog defender before unleashing a blast from the edge of the 18-yard box that cleared a leaping Stone and found its way under the crossbar to put Loyola in front, 1-0. The Ramblers would go on to hold Drake without a shot attempt for the remainder of regulation en route to closing out an impressive victory before a boisterous home crowd.
Looking At The Numbers
- Tonight's victory, the Ramblers' second over Drake in program history, sees Loyola move into sole possession of first place atop the Missouri Valley Conference table.
- Tataryn's second-half goal brings her season total in the category to three and moves her into third on the Rambler roster in the category.
- Loyola closed the evening with a 16-4 edge in shots, putting eight attempts on target.
- Moran turned away a pair of shots in helping lead Loyola to its second shutout in as many games. The Ramblers have not allowed a goal for 195 consecutive minutes of play.
- As noted earlier, the game took on a physical tone from the opening whistle, with the two teams combining for 36 fouls and a pair of yellow cards.
Loyola is back in action at Loyola Soccer Park next Saturday (October 13) against Illinois State at 7 p.m. for its "Pink Game" in conjunction with Loyola Medical's Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center.