The Loyola boys soccer team has scored seven goals in two games this season, but head coach Baer Fisher said he’s been more impressed with what the Ramblers have done on the defensive end of the field.
That’s because the Ramblers earned their second consecutive shutout with Friday’s 3-0 win over Northridge Prep in Glenview. Fisher credited senior Jonas Madison, senior Luke Phillips, junior Daniel Montaquila, junior Brady Reichert, sophomore John Wilson and sophomore keeper Frank Baio with the early-season success. Madison and Phillips are two captains, along with junior midfielder Christian Jimenez.
“On the plus side, we’ve defended well so far,” Fisher said. “I’m happy with how we’ve played back there. To have a clean sheet after two games is a good thing.”
Phillips said he thought the defense would be a strength after the unit set a program record for fewest goals against last season.
“We know if we talk and work together, we are going to be OK,” he said. “I think we’ve done that.”
Fisher wasn’t as pleased with the offense Friday, at least in the first half. The Ramblers didn’t score until the 1:25 mark when junior midfielder Collin Leider found the back of the net off of a cross from Phillips.
“Our possession was really sloppy,” Fisher said. “But I liked how we responded after the half. We came out firing.”
Phillips made it 2-0 in the ninth minute with a lengthy shot that floated over the keeper’s head. Jimenez completed the scoring with his goal on a penalty kick at the 19:19 mark. The offense was without junior midfielder David Gripman, who missed the game with an injury.
“It’s a work in progress, but the potential is there,” Fisher said. “We have to keep at it.”
In the team’s opener Tuesday, the Ramblers beat Lake View 4-0. Senior forward Ford Peterson, sophomore midfielder Nick Roscoe, freshman midfielder Tommy Zipprich and Leider all scored goals. Baio was in goal for the shutout.