Freshman Abby Swanson
scored her third goal of the season as Wisconsin came from behind to hand the Loyola University Chicago women's soccer team a 2-1 defeat this afternoon at the McClimon Soccer Complex in Madison, Wis. The win, Wisconsin's fifth straight, moves the Badgers to 6-1-0 on the year, while the Ramblers slip to 3-5-0.
Coach Bimbi's Thoughts…
"Unfortunately, during this tough stretch of games, we aren't making winning plays. We are playing well and competing very hard with some great programs, but we need to start doing the little things better if we expect results."
How It Happened
Junior goalkeeper Kate Moran
found herself busy early on, notching a pair of saves inside the game's opening quarter of an hour. The Loyola netminder got a lift from her defense in the 17th
minute as the Ramblers cleared Cameron Murtha's effort off the line to keep the game scoreless.
Loyola cashed in off a set piece in the 41st
minute. Junior Aleksa Tataryn
sent a corner kick into the box that found a leaping Swanson. The Downers Grove, Ill. native headed past Wisconsin goalkeeper Jordyn Bloomer to put the Maroon & Gold on top, 1-0. The Badgers answered back just under three minutes later through Natalie Viggiano, who unleashed a one timer that dipped under Moran's crossbar to knot the score up at 1-1 to close the first half.
Tataryn nearly regained the lead for Loyola 75 seconds into the second half, only to see her header off of a corner kick delivery from senior Taylor Lambouris
hit the post. Moran continued to stand tall in goal, turning away Lauren Rice in the 53rd
minute to keep the game deadlocked.
Following a Loyola foul in the 67th
minute, Rice gave the hosts their first lead of the afternoon, besting Moran with a low drive from just outside of the 18-yard box at her far post to give the Badgers a slim 2-1 edge. With time dwindling, senior Jenna Szczesny
took aim at goal in the 88th
minute, but saw her last-ditch effort turned away by a diving Bloomer as Wisconsin held on for a victory.
Looking At The Numbers
- Swanson's first-half tally moves her into a tie with Szczesny for the team lead in goals scored. The freshman's goal was Loyola's third against Wisconsin in six previous all-time meetings.
- Szczesny finished the afternoon with a team-high three attempts, while Moran turned away five shots, finishing just one save off of her career high.
- Dani Rhodes paced the Wisconsin attack with a game-best five shots, with Viggiano and Rice accounting for the Badger goals.
Loyola will take a week off from competition before returning home to host Florida Gulf Coast in its non-conference finale next Sunday. Kickoff from Loyola Soccer Park is scheduled for 1 p.m.