The Loyola women’s soccer team (3-3-0) lost to Oklahoma State University 2-0 on Sunday afternoon at Loyola Soccer Park.
After a battle for dominance during the first half, Oklahoma State senior forward Marlo Zoller was able to sneak one past Loyola junior goalkeeper Kate Moran in the 20th minute. Moran was able to save seven of Oklahoma State’s eight shots during the first half.
Oklahoma State got into foul trouble during the first 45 minutes, which led to more scoring opportunities for the Ramblers. Loyola was unable to capitalize, though, and Oklahoma State took a 1-0 lead into halftime.
The second half kicked off with Loyola first-year goalkeeper Maddie Hausmann’s first collegiate appearance. The Cowgirls had an early scoring chance, but Hausmann punched it over the crossbar to give Oklahoma State a corner kick.
In the 49th minute, Oklahoma State’s first-year midfielder Grace Yochum found the back of the net to extend the Cowgirls’ lead to 2-0.
The Ramblers continued to keep up the pressure against the Cowgirls. Senior forward Jenna Szczesny had a breakaway, but hit the post. Despite the Ramblers’ offensive pressure, Loyola was unable to score and lost 2-0.
“I was really proud of the girls in the second half,” Loyola head coach Barry Bimbi said. “We gave up the early goal off a corner kick. It’s really easy to pack it in from there and just feel sorry for yourselves, but we didn’t do that. It shows the character that we have.”
The Ramblers are scheduled to take on DePaul University Sept. 6 in Lincoln Park.