Earlier in the week, Loyola head coach Craig Snower said the Ramblers were playing their best soccer of the season.
They proved that Thursday with a 3-0 win at home over St. Francis that earned Loyola the GCAC Red championship. It was the second season in a row the Ramblers (12-6, 5-0) beat out the Spartans (8-4-2, 4-1) for first place in the conference.
“This was the best game we’ve played all year,” said Snower, who’s won 12 conference titles in 14 seasons. “I would say this is one of our most significant championships because St. Francis is about as good of a team as we’ve had in this conference. This was a tremendous win for us.”
Sophomore forward Maggie Brett scored all three goals and now has a team-best 17 to go with eight assists. Her first goal came at the 30:43 mark of the first half, and she added two more midway through the second half.
“She’s taken her game to another level,” Snower said.
Junior keeper Maggie Avery recorded the shutout.
Senior midfielder Ally West said Loyola’s tough schedule prepared the team to win a game like Thursday’s. It was Loyola’s fifth consecutive victory.
“We might have lost some games, but coach Snower told us it was going to pay off playing all those good teams,” West said. “We had the right mentality to win this game. We played with high energy all game, and we communicated really well. We are getting into a groove.”