Senior Jenna Szczesny
tallied her second goal of the season as the Loyola University Chicago women's soccer team fell by a final count of 2-1 to Loyola Marymount this evening at Sullivan Field in Los Angeles, Calif. The Lions move to 1-1-1 with the victory, while the Ramblers fall to 1-2-0.
Coach Bimbi's Thoughts…
"I was proud of how we responded after conceding the first goal. We're always going to be disappointed when we don't get a result, but our team showed a lot of character today."
How It Happened
Senior Madison Kimball
looked to put the Maroon & Gold on top early as she forced a stop out of Loyola Marymount goalkeeper Charlee Pruitt just 38 seconds into the first half. The Ramblers continued to keep up the pressure in the early minutes, generating a pair of corner kicks.
The hosts came close to jumping in front in the 17th
minute via a counterattack that saw Skylar Robledo push her shot narrowly wide. Junior netminder Kate Moran
notched her first save of the game just in front of the half-hour mark when she collected Sabrina Bolden's headed effort. Moran would add another stop in the 41st
minute as the two Jesuit rivals made their way to halftime in a scoreless stalemate.
Moran found herself busy again to open the second half, turning away a pair of attempts in the stanza's first five minutes. Junior Aleksa Tataryn
sent a pass into the 18-yard box that connected with Szczesny, who hooked her sliding attempt wide of the near post in the 59th
minute. Loyola Marymount broke through seven minutes later as Jaylyn Lupo turned and fired home from inside the box to give the Lions a 1-0 edge.
With time ticking away, Szczesny put the Ramblers back on level terms in 80th
minute. The Hoffman Estates, Ill. native took advantage of a loose ball in the box following a free kick as she slotted past Pruitt at her near post to make it 1-1 with just over 10 minutes to play. That score would prove to hold for just 74 seconds before Simone Handy netted what would be the game-winning goal off of a feed from Sydney Schultz to secure Loyola Marymount a 2-1 win in its home opener.
Looking At The Numbers
- Szczesny's second-half tally was the 23rd
of her career and now has her just three goals shy of Mary Dale (2003-06) for third on Loyola's all-time career record board in the category.
- Loyola Marymount finished with a 13-5 advantage in shots that included a 6-3 edge in shots on goal.
- Moran notched a season-high four saves in goal.
Loyola heads north to Bakersfield, Calif. on Sunday afternoon for a 2 p.m. (CT) tilt at CSU Bakersfield.