The Western Michigan University men’s soccer team rebounded back from their first loss of the season to beat Loyola 4-1 on Saturday.
“Our objective all season has been just to win the next match,” Stu Riddle, Bronco head coach, said. “We got the great response from the boys today that we wanted.”
The first half ended without a goal being scored, due to some fantastic saves by both goalkeepers. Sean Lewis for the Broncos and Peter McKeown of the Ramblers both dove twice to keep the ball out of their respective nets on shots from just outside the box.
It didn’t remain scoreless for long, however. Six minutes into the second half, freshman Erik Kelly put the Broncos on the board with his first career goal. Kyle Farris got the assist on the goal by playing a pass across the field to Kelly, who shot it past McKeown.
Marco Lobo scored his third and fourth goals on the season for the Broncos, but winning the game was more important to him.
“I feel great, but not only for the two goals, I feel great because we came back from a loss the other day and we came back home and got a win,” Lobo said.
WMU had a 2-0 lead when Andrew Raymonds netted the lone goal for Loyola with 11 minutes to play. Kelly admitted to being nervous with having only a one goal lead late in the game.
“With ten minutes left, then it’s anybody’s game,” Kelly said.
It didn’t stay a one goal game for long, though. The Broncos went on to score two goals within a minute and a half of each other, just five minutes after Loyola pulled within one.
With the win, the Broncos move to 5-1-0 on the season. Loyola is still looking for their first win. Western will begin a three-game road trip against Valparaiso next Friday.