The Loyola men’s soccer team (4-3, 1-1) fell to Missouri State University 2-1 in overtime Sunday at Loyola Soccer Park Sunday afternoon.
The loss came after the teams battled to a 1-1 draw over 90 minutes of regulation. The Bears scored two minutes into the 10-minute, sudden-death overtime to claim the victory and remain undefeated on the season.
“It was two good teams going to battle and that was a war,” Loyola head coach Neil Jones said after the game. “We’re disappointed about how we could have defended the winning goal better, but we’ve gotta move on and get ready for Bradley [University] on Wednesday.”
The first half saw the Bears and Ramblers set the tone for the entire match as both sides played physically and struggled to create many chances on offense. Despite a lack of scoring opportunities, Loyola jumped out to a 1-0 lead after junior midfielder Justin Sukow beat Missouri State’s Michael Creek with a shot to the far post in the 41st minute.
“Alex Moskal made a great play to get us the set piece,” Jones said. “Justin’s a very clean and technical player and saw the goalkeeper was off his line and made a great play.”
The lead was short-lived, however, as 10 minutes into the second half, Missouri State earned a penalty kick after Loyola first-year Andrew Mitchell took down Bears forward Matthew Bentley in the box.
Bentley then converted the penalty past Ramblers goalkeeper Marcel Kampman, who was unable to get a hand to the spot kick.
The two sides continued their physical play until the conclusion of the 90th minute with neither team having a major chance to regain the lead.
With the score tied at 1-1, the teams entered overtime, and Bears midfielder Stuart Wilkin beat Kampman one minute and 30 seconds into the period to seal the victory.
“It was an incredibly physical, tough  minutes of two defensively oriented teams,” Jones said. “I thought they were a little bit more up for the battle than we were today, unfortunately.”
The Ramblers’ season is set to continue Sept. 25 as they take on Bradley University at Loyola Soccer Park. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.