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5 min into the 2nd half 2-1 Bills. 
 

Loyola went up late 1st half on a nice free kick from about 22 ish yards outside the box. The shot was placed just inside the left post. 
 

SLU scored maybe 3 minutes into the 2nd half on as good of a pass as you’ll see. Frederick coming left to right about 40 yards out finds Groark all alone 12 yards out and 5 ish yards to the right of goal. Groark patiently settled and buried a beautiful shot to the upper far side. Keep had no chance. 
 

About 2 min later Gaebe makes an individual move from the left side and buries a shot from about the same angle just opposite side. 
 

so Bills go into the half down 1-0 and within 6 min have a 2-1 lead. The Bills had much more of the play and chances in the 1st half and have dominated the 1st 17 min of the 2nd
 

 

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The Billikens actually dominated the play, but somehow Loyola got 2 goals out of their limited chances. First Rambler goal was on that free kick, which was nice, but was set up off the Billiken corner kick when the ball got booted out of the Rambler goal area, and no Billikens around it, and Sydney Beach drew that yellow card to stop the rush towards the goal. SLU needs to be sure they have someone back to get those balls in those situations, they were caught out there. The second Rambler goal I think the ball just got lost in the box, one of those things, but again, it shouldn’t have happened. On the good side, this team sure looks like it expects to find a way to win, as the first 6 minutes of the second half showed after they were down 1-0 at halftime and they got two goals to change that, and then when the Ramblers tied the game in the 81st minute, they didn’t panic, but played their game, and Caroline Kelly sent them home a winner. 
 

By the way, does anyone know if the Loyola Coach, Coach Bambi, is always like that, or did he forget his meds back in Chicago? Looked like he was going to blow a gasket yelling at the refs so much, and he was going to get that yellow card if he had to reach into the ref’s pocket and pull it out himself. Hugely entertaining, but I think he’s going to give himself a brain aneurysm before the A10 season is over if he keeps that up.

Jess Preusser started the game in place of Hannah Larson (who was not wearing the full boot, but did have a smaller wrapping on that foot), but she played more up forward and Caroline Kelly was out wide where Hannah Larson normally played. I thought Preusser had some nice passes, and would have gotten an assist if that early Billiken goal wasn’t ruled offside.  The Billikens do have nice depth. I thought Emily Groark had some nice minutes as well, and congratulations to Hannah Friedrich, with the 100th point of her Billiken career. Not a mark many players reach, that’s for sure.

 

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34 minutes ago, slufanskip said:

Nice goal but the Loyola coach had a fair gripe about the handball that wasn’t called. 

100% a handball, enough calls missed both ways to go around. Chalk it up to "how the cookie crumbles". 

You don't win games when you're outshot 20-4. 

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SLU 4-2-3-1 entire first half. Preusser started for Walsh at center mid, with Larson out. Mentioned it after the Missouri State game, when Jess really had a strong game there and has continued to do so. And she has gotten rewarded with more minutes.

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SLU switched to a 4-1-3-2 for the first 15 minutes of the 2nd half, scored two goals, hit two cross bars, (Lawler and Miller) had 2 or 3 other chances in alone (Kelly, Groark, Gaebe) Heavy pressure to go up 3, 4-1 or more. Then SLU switched back to 4-2-3-1 and maintained pressure wearing down Loyola in the 2nd half.

SLU was also the better team in the first half, with a few strong early chances, Miller’s open header went wide, Groark’s half volley goal from a great Preusser through ball was off sides etc…Loyola was good on the back line and and defending the final third. Prior to the SLU game, Loyola had not given up more than 1 goal in a game this season. The only other team that outplayed them as much as SLU did was Xavier, who found a way to win 1-0. SLU had 3, and really very comfortable could have had at least a few more.

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Goal recap:

https://twitter.com/sluwsoccer/status/1573339893673123840?s=21&t=bvOp55lV5no2HVrEZEgXRw

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There was a lot of this in the 2nd half. Here Groark to Sawyer in alone with a good chance:

https://twitter.com/ramblerswsoc/status/1573125810583932928?s=21&t=bvOp55lV5no2HVrEZEgXRw

 

Shots were 19-4 and many of them were good ones. 7-2 corners.

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Friedrich diagonal ball to Groark:

https://twitter.com/sluwsoccer/status/1573119585888387074?s=21&t=bvOp55lV5no2HVrEZEgXRw

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Heckel found Gaebe wide open on the left side: 

https://twitter.com/sluwsoccer/status/1573120718019198976?s=21&t=bvOp55lV5no2HVrEZEgXRw

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Kelly from distance. It’s something she does with some regularity, take a chance when she sees something. She almost scored on a short angle free kick earlier:

https://twitter.com/sluwsoccer/status/1573150349472448512?s=21&t=bvOp55lV5no2HVrEZEgXRw

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Barry Bimbi is a good coach, and a good guy. He was obviously upset over the no hand ball call on the Kelly settle before the goal. Arms extended slightly. Ref ruled inadvertent. I’ve seen that go either way many times. Loyola will be a good, solid, competitive welcomed addition near the top of the A10. They are already trying to recruit against SLU for players. The biggest issue with the A10 is the bottom tier. 

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Loyola’s goals. SLU likes to push everyone forward on set piece corners. (Stram, Heckel, Miller, Lawler, Houck) The ball was cleared out to Houck who chested and settled just a tad slow and the blocked re-entry pass deflected perfectly to Nemec who was off to the races. Halverson was getting a breather at the time. Kohl, not in the game, so a bit less speed in back there. Challenging at the 22 was fine, but it was a clumsy one for Beach. And Barone had a nice free kick finish. 

https://twitter.com/ramblerswsoc/status/1573113065226502144?s=21&t=bvOp55lV5no2HVrEZEgXRw

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The 2nd Loyola goal late, came off of a poorly taken corner that gets through Halverson (near post), Gaebe marking a player going near post, skipping through the middle past Heckel, and Groark was just a step slow on the back post. It was a hustle play, and physical play for Loyola. Stram was goal side marking her player. Gotta get goal side, can’t get caught ball watching. A fluke play. But a hustle goal. Those goals were some of the very few Loyola chances.

https://twitter.com/ramblerswsoc/status/1573128473853689856?s=21&t=bvOp55lV5no2HVrEZEgXRw

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SLU’s RPI improved to 14 after the Loyola game. (Notre Dame 2, Arkansas 10, Xavier 23)

Notre Dame 1 Virginia 0

Arkansas 1 Auburn 0

Xavier 1 Butler 0

Northwestern 4 Nebraska 2

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Stat: 

Prior to the Loyola game, Abbie Miller was 2nd nationally in aerial challenges won this season with 67.

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Courtside, I’ll take your word for it that Barry Bambi’s a good guy.  From what I saw he was fairly animated towards the refs most of the second half from what I saw before even Loyola got the equalizer, he didn’t like the fouls called (or not called) most of the second half. Most of what was called was 50/50 stuff too, could have gone either way for the vast majority of it. Like Caroline Kelly’s final goal, if the ref had called it a handball I’m not sure I could have argued against it, but I can’t say he made a wrong call either, it was a 50/50 play and he didn’t call it and let them play on. Could’ve been called either way, seen it called either way.  Coach Bimbi sure put his heart and soul into the argument, and as I say, I think he would have pulled the card out of the refs pocket to get that yellow card, he really asked for it. Reminded me of Bobby Knight on the hardwood going after the refs in basketball,(minus the chairs being thrown, of course). And from what I saw, it was all 50/50 stuff. After the game walking to my car, I saw the 4 refs in the middle of the field, with Coach Bimbi still talking to them.

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4 hours ago, Lord Elrond said:

Maybe rebounds? Not really separated into offensive or defensive rebounds, but each one of those means going up to get a contested ball and controlling where it went, so that might be the closest way to put it.

like a face off in hockey except random & in play?

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Well, a win is a win. I thought SLU should have had another goal off that foul penalty, but oh well. They outshot them 21-4, including 9 on goal, but couldn’t get the second goal. While it’s nice to statistically look good, the scoreboard is the only statistic that matters. That having been said, they did win on the road against the Dukes, which they have had a tough time with on occasion in Pittsburgh. Nice pass to Abbie Miller from Emily Gaebe for a great header for the goal.  Emily Puricelli slipped trying to kick the ball a couple of times, but it didn’t cost her. The Dukes keeper looked pretty good on some of those saves, so credit to her for keeping the score down. I think the wind affected the game somewhat, but it evened out for both sides.

No Hannah Larson again, but she now gets a week to heal up. GM up next Sunday at home, Mason just lost vs Fordham, and is currently 0-2-1 in the A10 and 1-7-3 overall, their only win against Howard, so another game the Billikens should win. SLU gets Thursday off, but GM has to play on the road against the Bonnie’s before they come to St Louis (that’s a brutal travel schedule, but that’s how it is in the A10 sometimes).

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