No. 14/19 Notre Dame scored twice inside a 2:34 span to turn around a one-goal deficit as it dealt the Loyola University Chicago women's soccer team a 2-1 defeat this afternoon at Alumni Stadium in South Bend, Ind. Today's result sees the Fighting Irish continue their perfect start to the young season at 2-0-0, while the Ramblers fall to 1-1-0.
How It Happened
The game's first opportunity fell to the hosts on a steamy afternoon in South Bend. Following a pair of blocked shots, Jen Westendorf uncorked a blast from just inside the 18-yard box that rattled off the post in the sixth minute. Junior Aleksa Tataryn
came close to putting the Ramblers in front just under five minutes later, forcing a diving stop out of Notre Dame goalkeeper Mattie Interian.
Westendorf found herself back in the mix in the 23rd
minute when she unleashed a one-timer that narrowly cleared junior goalkeeper Kate Moran's
crossbar. Moran notched her lone save of the opening stanza in the 40th
minute as she collected Kelly Moss' headed attempt at her near post to keep the game scoreless headed into halftime.
Moran came up with a pair of crucial stops to keep the game deadlocked in the second half's first 30 minutes. The Denver, Colo. native parried away a Brianna Martinez blast from 10 yards out in the 56th
minute before pushing Sabrina Flores' effort over the bar 15 minutes later.
Freshman Bella Lestina
put Loyola in front following a misplay by Interian in the 72nd
minute. The La Grange, Ill. product collected a loose ball and slotted home at the far post to give the Maroon & Gold a 1-0 edge. Notre Dame wasted little time in responding, with Flores' firing home a loose ball in the box in the 76th
minute ahead of a Westendorf goal off of a corner kick just over two minutes later that proved to be the game winner.
Looking At The Numbers
- Lestina's 72nd
-minute tally was not only the first goal of her collegiate career but also the first goal Loyola has scored against Notre Dame in program history.
- Despite being outshot by a 20-5 margin, the Ramblers limited Notre Dame to just five attempts on goal.
- Moran turned in a strong showing in goal, recording three saves in only her second career start.
Loyola heads to California next weekend for a two-game road swing through The Golden State that will see it take on Loyola Marymount (Aug. 24) and CSU Bakersfield (Aug. 26).