Loyola Men’s Soccer advances to Horizon League semi-finals

Reed Patterson. Loyola Athletics photo

Cheers for the underdog!

Loyola University Chicago Men’s Soccer, the No. 6 seeded team in the Horizon League turned out a victory against Cleveland State University Tuesday evening. The Ramblers defeated the Vikings 1-0 and will advance to the Horizon League Semi-Finals.

“Just a month ago CSU beat us 4-0 and it’s tough for a team to turn it around and win, especially at their home field, but that’s exactly what we did. We all played for each other and it was great,” said sophomore forward Enrique Garcia.

Ramblers will train hard all week to defeat Valparaiso said Garcia. “More importantly we’ll become mentally focused as a team for the biggest game of the year. Our senior leadership will take care of that.”

Junior forward Eric Nock thinks the Rambers are ready to take on the Valparaiso this Friday. “We are playing the best soccer that we have played all year lately and it is at the perfect time, we have a nice win streak going,” said Nock, “As for Valpo, we are going to take this momentum and confidense there on friday and hopefuly repeat tonights performance.”

Here’s the story from Loyola Ramblers:

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Labeled as the No. 6 seed in the Horizon League Tournament, Loyola University Chicago was the underdog team, but the Ramblers showed up strong when they took to the pitch in Cleveland, Ohio tonight and came away with a win. The Ramblers (6-11-1, 3-5 HL) defeated the Vikings (9-9-1, 5-2-1 HL), 1-0 to advance to the Horizon League Semifinals.

At the 32:41 minute mark, sophomore Reed Patterson capitalized from six yards out and sent a header into the upper left corner. James Howe set up the play with a throw-in to Kyle Spoo. Spoo then sent a pass into the box for the assist.

Patterson’s header held up for the rest of the match as Cleveland State was unable find the equalizer and stay alive in the tournament. As part of their efforts, the Vikings produced four chances in the second half, most notably a strong attempt in the 74th minute, but the Rambler defense continued its impressive streak and booted the ball away.

Cleveland State finished with both an advantage in shots (8-6) and corner kicks (7-1), while Loyola worked to catch the Vikings offsides twice. Junior Eric Nock led the Ramblers on offense with two shots in the match. Patterson, Howe and Spoo also added an attempt apiece to round out the team total of six shots on the night.

Senior goalkeeper Peter McKeown started in between the posts for the Ramblers and finished with three saves on the night to improve to 5-8-1. Cleveland State’s Brad Stuver collected two saves and fell to 9-8-1 on the season.

Loyola now travels to Indiana for the Semifinal match-up against No. 1 Seed Valparaiso on Friday. The time of the contest has yet to be determined.

-Ashton Mitchell

2012 Annual Student Art Competition

Loyola University Chicago students can exhibit their artistic talents at the 2012 Annual Student Art Competition by submitting entries: drawings, paintings, photography, digital art, ceramics, sculpture, and any further combination.

Here’s more info from Arts Alive:

While it is often the business of students to examine and admire the creative output of professional artists, the tables are turned in the annual student show.

The competition is open to all Loyola students, regardless of major or experience, and any of these art mediums is acceptable: drawing, painting, photography, digital art, ceramics, sculpture, and any combination thereof.

All entries must be original works of the student and must have been completed in the last year.

Each student may submit up to 3 works to the competition.

Deadline for all submissions is Wednesday, December 7.

Entries will be displayed in the Ralph Arnold Fine Arts Annex and judged by Mary Lou Zelazny, Chicago-based artist and adjunct professor of painting and drawing at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Reception: JAN 26 | Thurs. 5 – 6:30 PM | Free

JAN 26 – MAR 10 | Ralph Arnold Fine Arts Annex

-Ruthie Tomuta

Loyola’s “Into the Woods” a hit after opening weekend

Into the Woods
By Alexandra Watt

Audience members gathered in Loyola University Chicago’s Mullady Theatre Friday night for the premiere of “Into the Woods.

A Broadway favorite, the musical features a slew of familiar fairytale characters.

Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, a baker and his wife and a witch all make their way into the woods for different reasons. As their stories begin to connect in hilarious twists of the plot, they encounter Rapunzel, a couple of princes and a big, bad wolf. When it appears that they will all live happily ever after, a giant wreaks havoc among the town and their next task is to defeat it.

Angela Sandall, 19, who played the baker’s wife, was pleased with the first showing.

“It was so exciting tonight. It was such hard work, but to see it all come together was amazing,” said the sophomore theater and ad-pr major.

After months of long rehearsals, R.J. Silva, 19, cast as Jack, was excited to perform for spectators.

“It feels good to have an audience see it. It brings a whole new energy level,” said the sophomore theater and musical theater double-major. “The play took a long time to coordinate—lots of elements and effects, but it really came together and paid off.”

Dawn O’Donnell, 41, who was there to support a family member in the play, especially appreciated the vocal aspect of the “Into the Woods.”

“Everybody’s voices were beautiful,” said the Ohio native. “Their timing was incredible.”

Tom Campbell, 21, the steward, attributes the success of the play to the cast.

“This was probably the most talented and professional cast I’ve worked with at Loyola,” said the senior theater and musical theater double-major. “Everyone brings something to the table.”

“Into the Woods” will continue to run until Sunday.

Purchase tickets here. Price range from $7-15.