ISU Drops Double Overtime Game To Loyola, 2-1
Oct. 7, 2007
CHICAGO, Ill. - For the second time in its last three games, the Illinois state women's soccer team had a game decided in double overtime. Unlike their game last week against Oakland, the Redbirds (5-4-1) lost to Loyola-Chicago (8-5-0), 2-1, in a non-conference game on Sunday, Oct. 7. The Redbirds came from behind with a goal by senior Amanda Lauber to force the extra time, but were unable to come out with the victory.
Despite the loss, head coach Drew Roff was pleased with this team's effort and gave credit to Loyola.
"Loyola is a very good team; very skilled and very athletic," said Roff. "It was a very hot day and it was our first time playing on artificial turf, but I thought the players responded really well in the second half. We did a great job to battle back and send the game into overtime, but Loyola came out with the win in the end. "
After a scoreless first half, Loyola took the lead in the 53rd minute when Alexia Murray took a shot that was saved by sophomore Katie Grill-Donovan, but the rebound came loose and Murray was able to follow it and score. The Redbirds tied the game in the 69th minute when senior Shannon Duggan crossed the ball from the left side and Lauber kicked it in at the back post for her first goal of the season.
It was the second goal of Lauber's career; her first coming against Northern Iowa on Oct. 23, 2005. Lauber now has four points on the season, tying her career-high total she set in 2005. Duggan's assist was her first since a game against Northern Illinois on Sept. 18, 2005 and the second of her career.
Duggan and Lauber have spent most of their careers as ISU as defenders, but have seen a lot of playing time as forwards in recent games. Roff attributed the change in position to their styles of play and what they can provide the team.
"Even when (Duggan and Lauber) are playing in the back they like to get forward on offense," Roff said. "I put them in there to give us a little more athleticism up top and they have turned out to be effective in that role.
In overtime, ISU couldn't muster much offense and didn't have a single shot in either period. Cynthia Morote-Ariza had both Loyola shots in the first overtime and nearly scored with each. Her first shot hit the post and was cleared by the Redbirds and her second hit the crossbar and sailed out of bounds She came through in the second overtime period with the game-winner. In the 104th minute, the ball was lobbed the ISU defense to Morote-Ariza. Grill-Donovan charged out to make a play on it, but Morote-Ariza tapped the ball past her for the score.
Loyola has won the last three meetings with the Redbirds, but ISU still leads the all-time series, 5-3-1. The Ramblers are currently on a school-record six-game winning streak.
ISU continues conference play when it takes on Northern Iowa on Friday, Oct. 12, at 7 p.m.