Loyola ended its season Friday with a 3-0 loss to New Trier in the Class 3A sectional final at Glenbrook North.
Despite the defeat to the three-time defending state champions, the season still was a success, according to head coach Craig Snower.
“Everything after beating Evanston would have been gravy to us,” he said. “That’s the game we wanted to win. We wanted to be back in a sectional final.”
New Trier scored with 21 minutes, 51 seconds left in the first half for the only goal it needed. The Trevians added two more in the second half.
“That second goal hurt, and it changed the complexion of the game,” Snower said. “We played hard, and they played well. We had our moments, but we couldn’t find our rhythm.”
Although the Ramblers surrendered three goals, junior goalkeeper Maggie Avery had a special game, making 16 saves.
“She throws her body around and gets to everything,” New Trier’s Hope Baisley told North Shore Weekend on Friday. “Throughout the game, we kept telling her, ‘Nice save, nice save.’”
Six seniors — Bella Broccolo, Lainey Flanagan, Julia Parker, Anna Perona, Kayleigh Purcell, Ally West — played their final game for the Ramblers (18-7). Snower said they were instrumental in setting the tone for future Loyola teams.
“Our results have been good in recent years, but we didn’t like where we were mentally as a program,” Snower said. “We asked this team to restore what we had built at Loyola, which is a program that is about hard work, determination and being tactically smart. Their contributions have been meaningful.”