The Ramblers capped an undefeated week Thursday with their 1-0 win over Jones in Chicago.
It came two days after Loyola beat Fenwick 1-0 on penalty kicks in Wilmette in the final game of the Catholic League schedule. Winners of three in a row, the Ramblers (12-5) close out the regular season Wednesday at home against Maine East.
“The biggest thing for us right now is we have some momentum,” Loyola head coach Baer Fisher said.
Fisher said he tried some players in different positions Thursday. The most notable move was playing junior defender Daniel Montaquila in the midfield. The result was Montaquila’s first goal of the season.
Other moves included playing junior Christian Jimenez in the midfield and freshman Patrick Brennan at forward.
“I liked what I saw,” Fisher said. “I think it makes us more dangerous in the attack. Even though it was 1-0, we had several good opportunities on goal. Our defense has been solid, but we want to create more [offensive] chances.”
Sophomore starter Frank Baio and senior David Moreno-Hirsch shared the shutout in goal. Baio was the star in Loyola’s PK win over Fenwick on Tuesday. Fisher said Moreno-Hirsch is a more than capable backup to Baio.
“He’s really been terrific in terms of his preparation and his communication when he’s on the field,” Fisher said. “He’s an awesome team player. It’s been a great partnership between those two.”