Freshman Maddie Hart netted a first-half goal that led the Loyola University Maryland women’s soccer team to a 1-0 win over Saint Francis (Pa.) on Thursday night at Ridley Athletic Complex. This win marks the first 3-0 start to a season in program history for the Greyhounds.
"You couldn't really ask for a better start," Loyola head coach Naomi Meiburger said on starting the season 3-0. "Again, I give credit to the players for coming in prepared to play, we got a lot of minutes out of a lot of players chipping in off the bench, which was good to see."
The Greyhounds had a series of chances throughout the first half before Hart capitalized on an open goal opportunity in the 30th minute. Red Flash goalie, sophomore Julia Hernan, came to the top of the box to challenge Casey McKenzie and the two collided, giving Hart the opportunity for an open shot from the top of the box, charting her second career goal.
Loyola had another first-half opportunity to create a 2-0 lead in the 35th minute, when Lung took a free kick but the shot went off the wall and sailed just over the crossbar.
The Greyhounds saw two more opportunities to score in the second half when Jordan Ziff carried the ball to the left side of the box, crossed to Hart, who tapped it to Alice Regan before it was quickly saved by Hernan. In the 97th minute, Beth Eversman had a breakaway chance when she poked the ball away from her defender, a shot that Hernan got a hand on, deflecting it away from the post.
For the game, SFU had a 15-10 advantage in shots, while Loyola had a 12-4 lead in corner kicks. Along with her first career start, freshman goalkeeper Lily Andres also charted her first career shutout, ending the game with six saves.
Loyola will return to action at Ridley Athletic Complex on Sunday at 4 p.m. to face St. John’s in their third of four-straight home games.