The Loyola women’s soccer team (6-6-1, 3-1-0) fell to Illinois State University 3-2 in overtime at Loyola Soccer Park for its first Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) loss Saturday night.
“Obviously a disappointing result, but I thought it was a really good performance by our girls,” Loyola head coach Barry Bimbi said after the game. “Illinois State is a well-coached team with quality players, and they made us pay for a couple mistakes we made.”
Loyola sophomore defender Jenna Ross opened up the scoring in the 50th minute with her first goal of the season after an assist from senior forward Madison Kimball. The Redbirds responded quickly with a goal in the 53rd minute and took a 2-1 lead with a goal in the 73rd minute.
The Ramblers tied the game 2-2 in the 81st minute when senior forward Jenna Szczesny found the back of the net for the eighth time this year and sent the game to overtime. Three minutes into the first overtime period, Illinois State’s Mikayla Unger scored from 30 yards out to seal the victory.
Loyola junior midfielder Sienna Cruz went down with an injury in the 58th. She was helped off the field, but re-entered the game in overtime. Bimbi said he didn’t think Cruz’s injury was serious and he felt confident enough to send her back into the game.
“She went in at the end of overtime, so I think she’s okay,” Bimbi said. “We’ll see if it blows up tomorrow. We had doctors on the sideline that said the structure is good and nothing’s wrong.”
The Ramblers are scheduled to head to Valparaiso University Oct. 17.