Loyola women’s soccer lost their third game in a row Wednesday, Sept. 11 to the University of Wisconsin, 5-1.
Before the game began, there was a moment of silence to pay respect to the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
Loyola found themselves on defense for most of the first half. Wisconsin had seven shots on goal, four of which resulted in goals. Less than 10 minutes into the first half, the Badgers took their first lead when midfielder/forward Marisa Kresge scored. Less than three minutes later the Ramblers found themselves down 2-0 when forward Cara Walls scored. The Badgers did not wait long to score their third goal, midfielder/forward Rose Lavelle scored in the 22nd minute. Less than five minutes later, midfielder Kinley McNicoll added to Wisconsin’s lead with the team’s fourth goal. Loyola started to get offensive late in the first half. In the 42nd minute, midfielder Monika Lee took a shot on goal, but Wisconsin goalie Genevieve Richard blocked it.
Early in the second half, Wisconsin continued their offensive. Less than six minutes into the second half Lavelle scored her second goal of the game, putting the Badgers up 5-0. The Ramblers scored their only goal of the game when sophomore midfielder Jessica Bean took a shot on goal, and scored. The goal was not only Bean’s first goal of the season, but also the first of her collegiate career.
Head Coach Barry Bimbi said of Bean’s goal, “[Bean] saw the opportunity when [Olsen] had the ball and jumped into the attack and finished a really nice play.”
Bean discussed her reaction to scoring her first collegiate goal in the loss, “It was still exciting to score my first goal, and it kind of helped my momentum the rest of the game.”
Bimbi went on to say that even though his team was down big at half, he was “proud of the character that they showed in the second half of fighting, battling through, getting a goal.”
Bimbi found something in the loss to work on over the next few days: “We have to be better with the ball, that’s the bottom line,” Bimbi said.
Loyola heads back on to the road this weekend. The Ramblers will play Southern Illinois University- Edwardsville on Friday, Sept. 13 and then play Eastern Illinois University on Sunday, Sept. 15.