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Men’s Soccer Defeats Cleveland State 1-0 in Home Opener

Loyola head coach Neil Jones directs the Ramblers during a match.

The Loyola men’s soccer team (1-0-1) notched its first win of the season, defeating the Cleveland State University Vikings 1-0 at Loyola Soccer Park August 27.

“We’re happy to get that one in the books, for sure. I think the first win is the hardest one of the season to get,” Loyola head coach Neil Jones said. “We played hard today, and we played good soccer even though it’s very hot out here today.”

First-year forward Vasco Cardoso scored the Ramblers’ lone goal in the 28th minute, marking both the first of his career and the first of the season for Loyola.

First-year forward Fabian Becerra was credited with the assist on Cardoso’s goal before suffering a leg injury in the 88th minute. Jones said Becerra will receive further evaluation to see if he’ll be available for two home games Aug. 31 and Sept. 2.

“I think he is going to be okay,” Jones said. “It was a pretty tough tackle, obviously the player got a red card out of it. We’ll assess the hopefully not-too-much damage over the next 24 hours and hopefully he’ll be okay for the weekend.”

Loyola junior goalkeeper Josh Lagudah tallied 10 saves on the night en route to his first shutout of the season. This comes after allowing two goals and only recording three saves against University of Western Michigan August 24.

The Ramblers are scheduled to square off against Loyola Marymount University at Loyola Soccer Park August 27 at 7:30 p.m.

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