More than 24 hours after Saturday’s 2-1 overtime loss to New Trier in the state quarterfinals at Stevenson, Loyola head coach Annie Nimz said she isn’t feeling much better.
“It stinks,” she said. “We were right there, so close.”
Sophomore Gigi Schaefer’s goal gave the Ramblers a 1-0 lead at the half, but the Trevians got the equalizer in the second half to send the game to overtime.
“We started off super strong,” Nimz said. “But it’s hard to hold a lead against a good team like that. We played extremely well. It was a good game, other than the loss.”
The Ramblers (11-9) didn’t have their full team together until Sept. 27 when they beat St. Ignatius 4-0. They closed out the season 4-2, and both of the losses were by one goal. Loyola lost to New Trier 4-0 on Aug. 28.
“We came a long way this season,” Nimz said. “We had a big hill to climb. I’m proud of our team.”
Loyola loses seniors Grace Balestrery, Allie Fedorak, Hope Harrington and Grace Sullivan. Balestrery and Sullivan were captains.
Balestrery and junior captain Anya Kavanagh both were selected to play in the second annual Windy City Field Hockey All-Star Classic at 3 p.m. on Sunday at Northwestern’s Lakeside Field.