BALTIMORE - Seniors Emily Lung and Nicole Wahlig netted a pair of second-half goals to lead the Loyola University Maryland women's soccer team to a 2-0 win over crosstown rival UMBC in the team's 2016 home opener at Ridley Athletic Complex Sunday night.
"This is obviously the start we wanted to have," Loyola head coach Naomi Meiburger said on starting the season 2-0. "I really have to credit the players for returning ready for preseason. That's what has given us the ability to have a really good start to the season.
"We've also had a lot of contributions from a variety of players. That's something we're going to have to have all year in order to be successful."
In the 50th minute, Lung was fouled on 23 yards out on the right side. Lung took the free kick herself, blasting it into the top left corner of the goal for her first career score.
Wahlig then added a second goal for the Greyhounds in the 79th minute when she one-touched sophomore Mia Sardella's corner kick into the back of the net from inside the small box.
UMBC looked to have broke through in the 85th minute when Preslie Quaranta played a through ball to Nikki Saad. Loyola goalkeeper Sumer Rahe came off her line though and was able to corral the ball before Saad got her shot off, preserving the shutout and notching her second career victory.
For the game, Loyola held an 8-6 advantage in shots, while UMBC had a slight 6-5 lead in corner kicks. In goal, Rahe finished with four saves.
With the win, the Greyhounds open the season 2-0 for the first time since 2009 when they won the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Regular Season and Tournament Championships.
Loyola will return to action on Thursday when it hosts Saint Francis (Pa.) in its second of four-straight home games. Game time is slated for 7 p.m.