By Julius Pak
Despite controlling possession for most of the game, the boys’ soccer team fell 1-0 to Loyola at home tonight.
The night’s sole goal resulted from a Loyola player tapping in the ball through a crowded penalty area and past goalkeeper Wade Clement ’12 from a cross on a free kick 17 minutes from the final whistle.
The game developed early on as a very physical match and opened with quick confrontations between Wolverine players and the referees, with Adam Wininger ’12 earning a yellow card. Alex Goodwin ’12 and Ty Gilhuly ’13 received stern warnings from the referee early on.
Aside from the disciplinary actions, very few significant actions were taken. The two teams were trapped in a deadlock where possession switched rapidly and shots on goal were scarce, save for a curling shot from Lukas Czinger ’12 on the right wing, until the goal in the 63rd minute.
From that point on, Loyola stalled the game at every opportunity. Multiple fouls and yellow cards were issued for time wasting, including one for the Cubs’ goalkeeper. The same goalkeeper was fortunate to avoid a sending off from a second yellow card when he seemed to handle the ball right outside of the penalty area. Loyola also pursued substitutions often in the second half to run down the clock.
This game was the Wolverines’ second league loss in a row, having gone down 2-0 at Chaminade on Wednesday. The team was also defeated by Loyola 1-0 during the fixture Jan. 13.
The Wolverines, 6-3-1 in league, will try to return to their winning ways at their home match against Crespi on Monday.