Drake Battles Loyola To 1-1 Double-OT Draw
CHICAGO, Ill. - The Drake men’s soccer team was able to avoid the upset bid in its Missouri Valley Conference showdown at Loyola on Wednesday (Oct. 23), but was unable to come away with the victory as the Bulldogs (7-5-3, 2-1-1 MVC) battled the Ramblers (3-9-2, 0-3-1 MVC) to a 1-1 double-overtime tie at the Loyola Soccer Park.
Drake had its best chance to win the game in the waning seconds of the second overtime as redshirt freshman Ben LeMay (Hugo, Minn./Saint Thomas Academy) was unable to convert on his 1v1 opportunity versus Loyola goalkeeper Tim Dobrowolski.
The Bulldogs benefitted from a pair of stellar saves from redshirt freshman goalkeeper Darrin MacLeod (Waterloo, Ontario/Resurrection Catholic) in overtime that kept the contest tied and allowed LeMay the opportunity at scoring the game-winning tally.
“Sometimes a tie is a fair result,” Drake head coach Sean Holmes commented. “I don’t think we played particularly good or bad, but I felt like our four-week road trip came home to roost a little bit tonight. We were very flat in the first half and didn’t look like we were there to compete and I think credit to the guys for not being great, but still almost getting the result.”
The two sides waged a scoreless first half with Loyola garnering an 8-5 advantage in shots.
The pace of play in the tilt picked up after halftime as the two sides combined for 19 second-half shots.
The Bulldogs finally capitalized at the 71:39 mark when senior Nick Marshall (Glen Carbon, Ill./Edwardsville) headed in a corner kick by redshirt junior Jarred Arde (Gulfport, Miss./Gulfport) for his third goal of the season.
“Up 1-0 with 18 minutes to play off a great header by Nick (Marshall) off a corner by Jarred (Arde), I really thought we had the points wrapped up,” said Holmes.
The Ramblers evened the contest at one in the 86th minute (85:04) when Brian Bement connected on his team-leading fifth goal of the campaign.
Each team recorded three shots in overtime, but neither side was able to pull out the result.
“Credit to a feisty Loyola team that never gave up and fought to the very end and if not for two great saves by Darrin (MacLeod) might have gotten the result,” stated Holmes. “We created enough chances, including a sitter with 14 seconds left in the game, to get the result. It is disappointing, but that is how soccer is sometimes.”
The Ramblers finished the tilt posting a 19-13 margin in shots. Eric Nock notched a game-high four shots for Loyola, while Marshall paced the Bulldogs with a four-shot effort of his own.
MacLeod recorded a career-high 10 saves in the affair for Drake, including all but one in the second half and overtime. Dobrowolski made three stops for the Ramblers.
“Darrin (MacLeod) again was terrific and Jarred (Arde) was a handful,” commented Holmes. “Other than that, I can’t say that many of us distinguished ourselves with stellar performances. If we want to be an NCAA Tournament team we have to come ready to play every day, as this is the difference between being a good team and being great. I’m think we’re still getting comfortable with the concept that we are the clear RPI leader in the MVC and teams that are 120 spots behind you will bring their ‘A’ game, especially when playing at home. You have to credit Coach Jones and his staff for getting the boys ready to play.”
“Not having Logan (North) in the lineup hurt us and robbed us of his great left-footed services. We patched together a lineup that was competitive, but this road trip has taken a bit of a toll and we didn’t look as fresh and energized as you need to be when playing conference games.”
Drake returns to action on Saturday (Oct. 26) for Senior Night hosting Bradley at the Cownie Soccer Complex. Game time is set for 7:00 p.m. The Bulldogs will honor seniors Garrett Crall (Norwalk, Iowa/Norwalk), Addison Eck (Springfield, Ill./Sacred Heart Griffin), Rich Gallagher (Lake Bluff, Ill./Lake Forest Academy), Bryan Jantsch (Missions Hills, Kan./Rockhurst), Marshall and Jackson Teeling (Waukee, Iowa/Dowling Catholic) along with fourth-year juniors Arde and Kevin Wilson (Ballwin, Mo./Chaminade College Prep) in special pre-game ceremonies.