Hello pals, welcome to the third edition of “Brownie Points.” In case you’re new here, this is a column where I award points for positive performance or take away points if a team or player is not up to the standards that I deem necessary.
In this week’s Brownie Points, we have a historic turn of events. We have continued domination as well as a majestic return to grace from somebody who was in the red in terms of Brownie Points.
Last time, I awarded four Brownie Points to the Loyola women’s soccer team for its four-game winning streak. But I also took away a Brownie Point from head coach Barry Bimbi for being indecisive with his starting goalkeeper.
Since that column, the women’s soccer team has won five more consecutive games to extend the winning streak to nine games. Also, Bimbi solidified his decision on the starting goalkeeper.
First-year Grace Droessler has been in goal for the entirety of the past five games except for the first 20 seconds of the Senior Night game against Indiana State University Oct. 26 when senior Kate Moran got the ceremonial start in goal after tearing her ACL right before the season started.
Throughout the winning streak, the Ramblers have outscored their opponents 23-3. Loyola clinched a share of the Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) regular season title with one more game remaining against Evansville University Oct. 31.
The only team capable of catching Loyola in the MVC standings is Illinois State University, but the Ramblers would still hold the tiebreaker since they beat the Redbirds Oct. 20. The Ramblers went down to Bloomington-Normal, Illinois and smacked the second-place Redbirds 4-1. Graduate transfer forward Simone Wark scored two goals during the game, while Droessler saved eight of the nine shots she faced on goal.
Wark, who transferred from the University of South Carolina, was named back-to-back MVC Newcomer of the Week Oct. 21 and 28. Wark has scored four goals and notched four assists during the nine-game win streak. Also, be sure to check out Abby Schnable’s in-depth profile of Wark in this week’s paper.
So what’s the Brownie Point breakdown? Extending the winning streak to a program-record nine games means Brownie Points are abundant and plentiful. The Ramblers’ offense has been electric while their defense has locked teams down.
Without further ado, I’d like to start off by congratulating Bimbi on his return to good standing. I’m awarding two Brownie Points to Bimbi for his goalkeeper decision and overall role in the historic run for the team. This puts Bimbi at a net positive of one Brownie Point for the year. Bimbi was the first person to ever lose Brownie Points, but he has also become the first person to come back from the depths of Brownie Point Hell.
Joining Bimbi in receiving Brownie Points is Wark and Droessler. Wark receives two Brownie Points, one for each goal she scored in the conference heavyweight bout with Illinois State. Droessler earns three Brownie Points for sending away eight shots against the Redbirds as well as only allowing three total goals during the nine-game win streak.
Here’s a massive congratulations to Droessler who now holds the crown with seven overall Brownie Points. Wark trails by one point while the rest of the women’s soccer team is three behind Droessler.