The Loyola men’s soccer team (8-4-2, 3-0-2) defeated University of Evansville 3-0 at Loyola Soccer Park Saturday night for its third straight win.
“I’m just so proud of our seniors,” Loyola head coach Neil Jones said after the game. “It’s a great group of seven guys and it’s been an amazing four years for us as a staff and having them as a part of our team. It’s always fun to win, but it’s especially nice to win on senior night. I’m just really proud of the guys’ effort tonight.”
The first half was slow to start, but after 24 minutes of back-and-forth play, junior midfielder Aidan Megally shot the ball from 16 yards out and was able to sneak the ball past the Purple Aces’ goalie.
The game continued on with much physicality from both teams and in the 41 minute and Evansville’s Ryan Harris was issued a yellow card — the first of seven warnings in the game. The half finished off with the Ramblers up 1-0.
Shortly after the second half kicked off, Harris was shown another yellow card in the 56 minute earning him a red card, meaning he was ejected and Loyola had a one-man advantage for the remainder of the game.
The rest of the game continued with escalated goal scoring and cautions. After redshirt senior defender Grant Stoneman was issued a yellow card, first-year forward Fabian Becerra scored off of senior midfielder Tucker Stephenson’s cross for his second goal of the season.
Following five more yellow cards issued to the Purple Aces, Megally scored his second goal of the game to make it 3-0, which held up as the final score.
The game was junior goalkeeper Josh Lagudah’s seventh shutout of the season and gave the Ramblers a four-point lead over Missouri State University in the Missouri Valley Conference standings.
The Ramblers are scheduled to play Northern Illinois University Oct. 23 before closing out the their conference play against Central Arkansas University Oct 27.