Men's Soccer Downs Loyola, 4-1, on Alumni Day
KALAMAZOO, Mich.- Western Michigan men's soccer defeated Loyola-Chicago 4-1 Saturday at the WMU Soccer Complex. Marco Lobo had a pair of goals in the win while freshman Erik Kelly and junior Scott Zech each registered their first career goals.
The win was Western Michigan's (5-1-0) fifth in six games, coming off a tough 1-0 loss at Canisius two days ago. The Broncos entered the week ranked No. 6 in the Great Lakes Region.
"Today was a very good response from the players after we let ourselves down on Thursday night," said WMU head coach Stu Riddle. "We were hungry, committed and got four terrifically executed goals to cap a very, very impressive showing."
The two teams combined for only nine shots in first half, but there was plenty of fireworks in the second, as all five goals were scored in the final frame.
Western Michigan took a 1-0 lead on Kelly's goal in the 52nd minute. Just across midfield on the left, Kyle Farris threaded a well-placed pass to the opposite field between four Rambler defenders. Kelly ran onto the ball on the right side and drilled a shot far post for his first collegiate goal.
Andrew Raymonds got Loyola (0-3-0) back in the game in the 80th minute, cutting the deficit to 2-1, with his third goal of the season. WMU goalkeeper Sean Lewis misread a long ball played forward and Raymonds was able to beat Lewis to the ball, chipping it into goal.
Lobo found his second tally in the 87th minute, firing a laser from the right corner of the box. Farris notched his second assist, playing a similar cross as on Kelly's goal. Lobo's goals were his team-leading third and fourth of the season.
Zech checked into the game on Lobo's goal and celebrated his first career goal moments later, holding off a crowd of defenders and putting the game away with a strike from the middle of the 18 in the 88th minute.
Western Michigan took 19 total shots, putting nine on goal. Loyola took eight shots, putting five on frame. Lewis made four saves for WMU.
The Broncos are on the road for their next three contests, traveling to Valparaiso (Sept. 14), Wright State (Sept. 18) and Michigan State (Sept. 21).