Broncos Fall in OT to Loyola
A defender for the Brown & Gold misplayed a pass and the Ramblers capitalized with Monica Lee netting the game-winner with 1:07 remaining in the first overtime. Kristin Papierski helped create the turnover for Loyola and assisted on the game-winning goal.
The Broncos outshot their opponents 17-3 on the day with seven landing on net. WMU also had an advantage on corner kicks with 11 to Loyola’s three. Rambler goalkeeper Monica Gonyo made five saves on the day. Sophomore forward Aubrey Sudomier was the lone goal scorer for the Broncos.
Loyola took a 1-0 lead at 32:04 after a Rambler forward was fouled in the box. A penalty kick was awarded and Ana Claudia Michelini stepped up to the spot and slotted the ball to the low left side of the net.
The Broncos quickly responded with Sudomier’s goal at 37:39. A cross was cleared out by a Rambler defender but it was headed to Bronco outside-back Lauren Fearday. The junior defender crossed the ball back into the box and Sudomier settled it, switched to her left foot and curled the ball of the far left post and into the net for her second goal of the season.
WMU had two good chances in the second half. One came early on after Dianna Dedvukaj let a curling shot rip from 25 yards out. The ball deflected off the end of the cross bar and back into play.
The other came with just over five minutes remaining in regulation. A mix up on Loyola’s back line resulted in an illegal back-pass between a defender and Gonyo and Gonyo played the ball with her hands. It resulted in an indirect free-kick from just about six yards out. The Ramblers lined up on the goal line and were able to deflect a shot by Anina Cicerone and keep the game tied.
Western Michigan heads to Michigan State on Wednesday for a 5 p.m. start. The Broncos are off next weekend before opening Mid-American Conference play when they host Toledo on Sept. 21 at 4 p.m.