The Ramblers did enough to win Thursday, except for putting the ball in goal.
St. Laurence made them pay for it by scoring 40 seconds into the first overtime period to earn a 1-0 win in a Catholic League game in Glenview. The conference instituted sudden-death OT and penalty kicks for boys soccer this season.
The biggest blow for Loyola (7-2, 3-1) came when it missed a penalty kick in the second half, but the Ramblers had several other opportunities in regulation.
“That’s how the game goes sometimes,” Loyola head coach Baer Fisher said. “We did a lot of good things, and it shows we can raise our game against a quality opponent. If we apply what we did against St. Laurence to every opponent, we will be in good shape.”
Loyola has no time to dwell on this defeat. The Ramblers host New Trier on Saturday in Glenview. It will be the Ramblers’ third game in five days.
“St. Laurence is one of the top teams in our league, and New Trier is one of the best teams in the state,” Fisher said. “It’s a tough spell for us. For us, it’s about executing. I was very happy with our effort [Thursday]. We played hard.”
Fisher said junior midfielder David Gripman will play Saturday. He missed the last two games to rest his knee.