With 18 seconds left in the four-period game, the Cougars scored the first goal giving them a 1-0 win against Loyola, closing out their last home game of the season.
Junior midfielder Oskar Lenz of Hamburg, Germany scored this goal, assisted by sophomore defender Aaron Crabtree. Head Coach Cale Wassermann said he gives props to senior midfielder Seth Korenek of Corpus Christi, Texas for helping make the play possible as well.
“Full credit to Seth Korenek for sliding to keep that ball in play before Crabtree ended up crossing it to Oskar there,” Wassermann said.
Before the game, the Cougars recognized 14 seniors for playing their last season for the team. Wassermann said the fact that the team won against such a strong team that had already beat them earlier in the season shows the level of leadership they brought to the Cougars.
“I think the boys deserved this one. They’ve battled their butts off for the full season and a lot of one goal games haven’t gone our way, and that’s a very, very good Loyola team too that we respect,” Wassermann. “They’re physical, they’re technical, they’re talented, but I think our guys were coordinated enough to deserve the win.”
The Ramblers outshot the Cougars 18-10 and held a 7-4 advantage with shots on goal. Lenz had two shots during the game, both shots on goal, with the second one being the winning goal.
“Loyola’s keeper made a phenomenal save on the first [goal],” Wassermann said. “I mean, he struck that so perfectly, and Oskar’s a guy who’s had some inconsistencies this year, but I give him a lot of credit for sticking with it and today he was up for it big time and made a huge difference coming off the bench, and at the end of the day, got the goal he deserved.”
Senior goalkeeper Tor Erik Larsen made seven saves in the game, which got him his second shutout of the year and third of his Cougar career.
The Cougars will be playing their next game against Drake University at 7 p.m. on Nov. 6.