Senior Anna Perona’s goal three minutes into the second half Friday was significant for two reasons.
For starters, it was Loyola’s first goal in four games. Second, it proved to be the game-winner in the team’s 3-0 win over Edgewood, of Madison, Wisconsin. The victory was the Ramblers’ first of the season.
“I think it sent a message to our team that we can do this,” said Perona, a forward. “It got us motivated.”
Perona said the goal at the 37:10 mark of the second half would not have been possible without the pass from freshman forward Vanessa Murray.
“It was a great through ball that let me take it with my left foot, so I could get it past the goalkeeper in the corner,” Perona said.
Sophomore forward Maggie Brett added two unassisted goals, the first coming with 19 minutes, 58 seconds remaining in regulation and the second at the 14:13 mark.
“Her goals were amazing,” Perona said. “She did what she did with her great speed.”
Loyola head coach Craig Snower said the goals are good for Brett’s confidence going forward.
“I know she puts a lot of pressure on herself because we expect big things from her,” he said. “It was nice to see it work out for her [Friday].”
The Ramblers (1-3) had several scoring opportunities in the first half, and Perona admitted the players had been frustrated by not scoring. Snower said it was a matter of the players relaxing and not forcing the issue.
“We have to realize we did some good things in those first three games,” he said. “We always figured we’d be a pretty good offensive team. We’re going to score plenty of goals.”
In her first varsity start, junior Greta Schwieder earned the shutout in goal. Junior starter Maggie Avery suffered a minor injury in practice this week, and sophomore backup Katherine Jaros still hasn’t been cleared to play this season.
“She played really well and maybe deserves a second start,” Snower said.