Loyola’s 3-0 win over Trinity at home Tuesday in the GCAC Red was a good example of the progress the Ramblers are making this season.
A team with nine seniors and eight freshmen — along with four juniors and two sophomores — and a new head coach, it was going to take time for everybody to come together.
Juniors Grace Cutler and Francesca Hill and freshman Isabella Guzman all scored goals. Senior Maggie Elliott and freshmen Katie Diblik and Molly Sipe each totaled one assist apiece. Sophomore keeper Maddie Kenny earned the shutout, the Ramblers’ second this season.
“We are becoming a team and not a bunch of individual players,” Loyola senior and captain Maggie Brett said. “We are learning each other’s strengths and weaknesses and are starting to play off of that.”
Brett said the Ramblers (5-4-2, 2-0-1) showed off their speed Tuesday.
“We did a really good job using the space and the quickness of the field to our advantage,” she said. “We were able to spread them out and split the defense and get balls through.”
As smooth as the offense ran, Loyola head coach Shannon Hartinger would have liked to have seen more goals. Nevertheless, she said the Ramblers, winners of two in a row and three of their last four, are improving overall.
“We’ve done a nice job creating scoring opportunities, but we need to be better at finishing those shots,” she said. “We are playing better together, given we added a lot of new players to the mix and a new coach. It was a lot of new at first.”
The defending conference champions, Loyola has two league games left. The Ramblers, who have finished first 13 times in the last 15 seasons, play Mother McAuley on May 1 and Fenwick on May 9.
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