The Ramblers dropped a 5-0 decision to New Trier on Friday for their third loss in a row, but there is no real cause of concern, according to Loyola head coach Annie Nimz.
“We didn’t win, but we had a blast,” she said. “We faltered at the beginning, and it’s hard to regain your ground when you do that.”
In the fourth game of the season a year ago, Loyola lost to the Trevians 4-0. The two teams then met in the quarterfinals of the state tournament, where the Ramblers lost 2-1 in overtime after leading at halftime. It was proof the Ramblers progressed over the course of the season.
“The pieces are there for us to be successful, and we’ve shown some moments of greatness” Nimz said. “But we’ve been too hot and cold.”
The Ramblers return nine starters from last season’s 11-9 club. Among the key contributors back to the lineup are senior Malley Flanagan, senior Caroline Foley, senior Anna Gordon, senior Anya Kavanagh, junior Kara Finneke, junior Emily Loeb and junior Gigi Schaefer.
Flanagan, Gordon and Kavanagh all are four-year varsity players. Flanagan, Kavanagh and Schaefer are captains. Schaefer scored Loyola’s lone goal against New Trier in the playoffs. Foley led Loyola with 11 goals, while Loeb is in her second season as starting goalie.
There were no freshmen or sophomores on the varsity roster to start the season.
“It’s been befuddling at times, but we are a strong team with strong leadership,” Nimz said. “I love this team, and I know we will figure it out and pull it all together.”