After nearly 104 minutes of hard-fought soccer, the Loyola women’s soccer team (13-3-2) couldn’t hold off No. 24 Purdue University in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in West Lafayette, Indiana Nov. 13.
The Ramblers fell to the Boilermakers 1-0 off a goal in double overtime.
“I’m just kind of gutted for the team,” Loyola head coach Barry Bimbi said in the postgame press conference. “Our goal from day one of preseason was to advance in the NCAA Tournament. To have it end the way it did, in second overtime against the fantastic Purdue team … I’m just gutted for the girls, they left everything out on the field.”
Loyola goalkeeper Maddie Hausmann was a key star of the matchup, holding Purdue back with a final total of 13 saves for the Ramblers. Her previous season-high number of saves was five against DePaul University Sept. 9.
The match began with a strong offensive effort from Purdue, complete with an early shot from Boilermaker Grace Walsh 34 seconds in. It took the Ramblers a few minutes to get their footing with Purdue’s passing speed and accuracy proving too much to keep up with at first.
However, Loyola hit its stride around six minutes in with three consecutive shots from junior midfielder Megan Nemec.
From then on out, the Ramblers proved to be a force to be reckoned with in the first half, keeping the Boilermakers on defense for a large period of the half and forcing Purdue goalkeeper Marisa Bova to make four saves.
Hausmann was also forced to stay on her best game due to four shots on goal from Purdue, though she kept the opposition shutout throughout the first half.
While the Boilermakers were able to put some more pressure on the Ramblers later in the half — complete with two viable shots on goal from Ally Mussallem and Aly Mielke — the Ramblers powered through to hold them back with a score of 0-0 heading into halftime.
In the first ten minutes of the second half, the Ramblers came out strong and outshot the Boilermakers 4-1. In the 61st minute, Hausmann made another great save when she blocked a breakaway shot from Purdue’s Sarah Griffith.
The second half saw some more back and forth action, with the Boilermakers outshooting the Ramblers 11-7 throughout the half. However, none were able to pass the goal line due to Hausmann’s unbreakable wall.
In the final ten minutes, the Loyola goalkeeper made two more saves — one with eight minutes to go and one with under a minute — holding a scoreless tie until the buzzer and forcing overtime.
The first overtime ended in a scoreless draw after two shots from Purdue, resulting in two more saves from Hausmann. This put her tally for the night up to twelve.
The second overtime began to get a bit more physical as both teams got more intense in the last ten minutes of free play. However, the Boilermakers got to the right place at the right time just before the 104th minute mark so Griffith could send one past Hausmann, ending the game 1-0.
Bimbi commended Hausmann’s performance tonight and the type of player she has been for the team.
“She’s a fantastic goalkeeper and it shows tonight,” Bimbi said in the postgame press conference. “She commanded her box, she made the saves when she needed to … she only had 29 saves in the whole season and she had 13 saves today. She showed her quality tonight and hopefully people took notice.”
The Ramblers have now played in four consecutive NCAA Tournaments, but have yet to make it past the first round.