Cougars vs. Loyola: A brief history

Freshman forward Savannah DeFini of Gretna, Nebraska makes her way towards Loyola’s goal in their game on Aug. 28.

An unmatched rival since 2008, Loyola again proved to be unmovable by the Cougars.

Since that year, the Cougars have only faced Loyola four times, counting Sunday’s game.

In 2008, the Cougars faced Loyola in an away game on Oct. 10, losing 1-0, and started the back and forth home and away games between the two teams.

The next time they faced Loyola in 2013, the Cougars were on home turf. This particular performance proved to be their best, with the Sept. 13 game ending in a 1-1 draw.

The Cougars owed their goal to midfielder Cassidy Sherman of Algonquin, Illinois. Sherman was assisted by midfielder Chelsea Smith of Collinsville, Illinois and midfielder Sarah Doggendorf.

This would also be the match where SIUE made the most shots at 17 with only 6 on goal.

In their third meeting, Loyola again held the home field advantage and met the Cougars’ challenge from their 2013 meeting. In  this Aug. 22 game in 2021, Loyola beat the Cougars 3-0. 

Following their fourth championship title in the MVC, Loyola then for the first time in their short history of playing the Cougars met them in a consecutive match-up last Sunday, Aug. 28.

In this particular game, the Cougars were back at Korte Stadium. Despite being back at home, however, the Cougars still fell to Loyola in a 2-0 loss.

In this match, junior goalkeeper Taylor Spiller of Cincinnati, Ohio, made her current season high with 4 saves, 3 in the first period and 1 in the second.


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