first_imgStory Links Loyola (11-6-1) claimed its first-ever MVC Tournament title to go with its first MVC Regular Season crown. The Ramblers earned the Valley’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. Full Schedule Roster Drake (9-9-1), which played in its first MVC Tournament title game since 2006, had its four-match winning streak snapped Sunday. Sophomore Olivia Bruce (Lakeville, Minn.) scored both goals for the Bulldogs. Bruce finished with a team-high six goals in her second season. Penalty kicks were awarded to both teams in the 12th minute of the match. First Loyola converted its PK by Jenna Szczesny, the 2018 MVC Player of the Year and league-leading scorer, and then seconds later Bruce converted for Drake. The Bulldogs pushed for the equalizer after Stephens’ goal, but couldn’t quite get off a solid attempt. Bruce sent a shot high over the bar and later in the final minutes had a header that was saved by diving Loyola goalkeeper Kate Moran. In between, sophomore Hannah Bormann (Amana, Iowa) had her shot blocked.    Following Sunday’s championship tilt, Fiorito was awarded the MVC Elite 17 award for having the top-grade point average in the MVC Title game. She has a 4.00 GPA in marketing. Bruce and Rohan joined Fiorito on the 2018 All-Tournament Team. Print Friendly Version Loyola evened the match at 2-2 in the 69th minute. Stone charged and slipped trying to get to the ball but Szczeny collected the rebound and sent a backwards pass to Abby Swanson who shot it into the wide-open net. “We have some really disappointed players right now, but a very proud staff,” said Drake head coach Lindsey Horner. “Since last spring’s practices we talked about how everyone on the outside would consider this a rebuilding year after graduating the players we did, but we knew we had talented players that needed more experience.”center_img In the second half, the rain picked up. Bruce scored her second goal in the 54th minute to give Drake a 2-1 lead. Junior Cassie Rohan (Palatine, Ill.) had her shot blocked but the ball bounced right to Bruce, who buried it top left. The Ramblers netted the winner in the 75th minute off a corner kick. The ball went into the box and was loose for several seconds as neither team could gain control. Stone was able to get her fingers on the ball briefly but couldn’t secure it as Taylor Stephens kicked it in the back of the net. Drake will return a majority of its team for the 2019 season. But, the Bulldogs lose five key seniors who did so much for Drake women’s soccer in their careers. Alyssa Brand (Skokie, Ill.), Tawny Carroll (Streamwood, Ill.), Linda Fiorito (Overland Park, Kan.), Elaine Gorom (O’Fallon, Ill.) and Shanon Steurer (Ballwin, Mo.) all played their final match for the Bulldogs. The five helped Drake win two MVC regular season titles, 41 matches and the group collected multiple MVC awards, including Gorom being named the co 2018 MVC Defensive Player of the Year. “Our players have learned a lot since preseason camp, Horner said. “When four of your back six players are new to the starting lineup, there’s going to be a learning curve, but when those players are Kelsie, Shannon, Sam and Vanessa it was only going to be a matter of time before we started earning shutouts. Our team gained a tremendous understanding of how we want to play, how to play for each other, and gained confidence in being physical, being brave in the attack, and being strong in a tackle.  We had a challenging non-conference season that prepared us for the grind of the MVC season and our team started to click on the field, our bench was energetic, and we have had a lot of fun since our Valpo game. Today specifically was a fast, physical battle. There were emotional highs, and moments we were tested. The game conditions weren’t great, but our players worked hard for each other. They left it all out there and while it hurts now they’ll smile in the near future about their success and the memories they made.” CHICAGO – Loyola scored two late goals in a 3-2 comeback win over the Drake University women’s soccer team in the 2018 Missouri Valley Conference Tournament championship match Sunday at Loyola Soccer Park in cold, rainy and windy playing conditions. PDF Box Score Drake sophomore goalkeeper Kelsie Stone (Hoffman Estates, Ill.) had a game-high seven saves. Loyola, which is the top scoring team in the MVC, had 18 shots, including 11 on goal. Stone battled the tough weather conditions and played through a hard foul by Szczeny early in the second half that Stone was injured on. Szczeny was issued a yellow card on the play that occurred just minutes before Bruce’s second goal.last_img