A big turning point in Loyola’s 18-12 win over New Trier in Glenview came at the end of the first half Wednesday.
With the Ramblers down one goal, senior goalie Delaney Oliveira made a save that led to a transition goal by senior Colleen Huffman that tied the score at 5-all with 27.1 seconds remaining before the break.
It changed the complexion of the game, according to Loyola senior Brennan Dwyer.
“Making a point-blank save like that can get us started,” Dwyer said. “We got a goal out of it and went into the half with the momentum. We all work together, offense and defense.”
After trailing three separate times in the first half, the Ramblers (15-2) ran away from the Trevians (12-2) in the second half.
Senior Madison Kane and Dwyer each scored two goals apiece in the first five minutes to build a 9-5 lead, and New Trier never got closer than that the remainder of the game.
“I do think that save was an important one,” Oliveira said. “There wasn’t a lot of time left, and we didn’t want to be losing at the half.”
Loyola head coach John Dwyer didn’t underestimate the significance of the first-half save and ensuing goal.
“It was huge,” he said. “That’s absolutely a two-goal swing. New Trier played great in the first half, and it was big to come out of it tied.”
Loyola increased its advantage to seven, 13-6, at the 15:30 mark on senior Libby Germano’s goal. Late in the half, the Ramblers scored four goals over a 70-second stretch to go ahead 18-9 with 3:40 remaining.
Kane scored four of her team-best five goals in the second half and added two assists. All four of Dwyer’s goals were in the second half, and she finished with two assists. Germano contributed three goals, all in the second in the second half. Huffman had two goals and two assists.
John Dwyer said the Ramblers were playing with heavy hearts Wednesday after seniors Mary Dooley and Katie Enrietto suffered season-ending ACL injuries on the team’s trip to Denver last week.
“We play for each other, and we definitely are playing for these two the rest of the season,” he said. “Big time.”