Aug 23, 2013
TOWSON, Md. - With less than 10 seconds remaining in regulation, junior goalkeeper Colleen Folan made a diving save to preserve the Loyola University Maryland women's soccer team's 2-1 victory over Towson University on Friday afternoon in the teams' season-opener.
The win was the first for a Loyola team in the Greyhounds' Patriot League era.
The Greyhounds (1-0 overall) put the first points on the board in the 67th minute, when Katelyn McFadden dribbled the ball up the right side and just inside the box. She fed a clean pass to Charlotte Miller who was wide open in the center of the box. Miller fired one in from 10 feet out, past the Tigers' goalkeeper.
McFadden scored the eventual game-winning goal six minutes later. Sophomore Rosy Hayes sent a corner kick into the box leading McFadden's tap-in.
The Greyhounds were up 2-0 before Towson's Katlyn Axenfeld scored the lone goal for the Tigers. The midfielder fired a shot just past the hands of Folan to cut Loyola's advantage in half.
The next 13 minutes saw an additional shot by the Greyhounds, and hard work from the defense. But it was in the final ten seconds that Towson had its final opportunity to tie the match. Axenfeld went one-on-one with Folan, but a diving save kept Loyola ahead and ultimately led the team to it's first win of the season.
In the first half, the green and grey recorded four shots to the Tigers' five. Freshman Jess Soldiviero gave Loyola the best opportunity to score in the 43rd minute. The rookie forward snuck past her defender, but her shot ended just above the cross bar.
Folan, in her starting debut, carded five saves in 90 minutes of action. The Greyhounds goalkeeper tabbed two saves in the first half and three in the second.
Loyola's defense came out strong from the beginning. Freshman Morgan Crable blocked a Towson corner in the 33rd minute to keep the score 0-0. Her classmates Nicole Wahlig and Kelsey Targarona helped the defensive effort, while veterans Kelly Santangelo and Melissa Lookingland guided the backline and held Towson scoreless for the first 76 minutes.
The Greyhounds will host their first home match of the season, when the Temple University Owls travel to Ridley Athletic Complex on Sunday, September 1. Kick off is slated for 1 p.m.