Marmion would’ve been satisfied with the tie that it thought it had.
Instead, the Cadets surrendered the golden goal to Loyola Academy with 20.6 seconds left in overtime and fell 1-0 in Thursday’s Chicago Catholic League Blue Division game in Aurora.
The teams lined up and shook hands after seemingly finishing tied 0-0 after regulation, before being informed that conference rules require that the game continue with overtime.
“I’m not mad at the guys. Our guys fought well,” Marmion coach Jimmy Romano said. “The game could’ve gone either way. We had our chances and they had their chances. It’s not that either team played badly. I thought we played well, but that’s soccer.”
Collin Leider crossed the game-winner to Michael Sullivan, who buried one of the few better chances during the nearly 85 minutes of soccer.
“Collin took the ball down the line and I decided that this was the one to get,” Sullivan said. “I wanted to get the winner here so I dug deep and put it away.”
Marmion (7-4, 1-1) had one great scoring chance as James Serrano was able to dribble his way free and basically go one-on-one with Loyola goalkeeper Marco Troiano with 26:53 left in regulation but his touch was just wide right.
Cristian Cardenas almost drained a shot from just beyond 30 yards midway through the second half. Toriano was forced to leap and punch it away, resulting in a corner kick, but nothing developed from that either for the Cadets.
“I think with the way they defended us we couldn’t get a straight shot through,” Cardenas said. “We needed to move around more, but they really stuck with us. We haven’t seen as much of that. That was the big difference.”
The Cadets saw their four-game winning streak come to an end.
“They’re down and they feel it,” Romano said. “But they have good character and will look forward to getting started on a new winning streak, so this is OK.”
One loss won’t define a season, but it definitely wasn’t the conference start the Cadets had hoped for after Loyola made the long trip from Wilmette.
“We’re still going to do well this year,” Cardenas said. “Coach Jimmy has been a real factor in pushing us and that started in July right when school ended. We’ve been training hard since then and our mindset has been that if we work hard enough good things will happen.”
A win didn’t happen in this one, but the Cadets have already surpassed last season’s win total so things are continuing to look up.