AMBLER, Pa. - Temple University used an early first-half scoring surge to top the Loyola University Maryland women’s soccer team, 4-0, Friday afternoon at Ambler Sports Complex.
In the fourth minute, Temple played a long-aerial pass that escaped goalkeeper Colleen Folan. Kelly Farrell settled the ball and chipped it into the back of the net for the Owls’ first goal of the afternoon.
Less than two minutes later, Temple earned its first corner kick of the match, and Kaylee Harner sailed the ball into the middle of the box. Elana Falcone settled the corner attempt and turned to boot the ball past Loyola’s defense for the second tally.
Temple continued to capitalize on set pieces, scoring its third goal off a free kick in the 13th minute of the contest. Erin Lafferty punched a right-footed shot that was set inches outside the 18-yard box and sailed the ball into the right panel of the goal.
“Unfortunately, we put ourselves in a hole early on in the game,” head coach Naomi Meiburger said. “But on a positive note, the team really battled for the remainder of the game. I credit Temple, they are a good team, but we made three mistakes that they were able to capitalize on.”
Loyola created a series of offensive opportunities, taking five corner kicks in the first half.
The Greyhounds had a chance to score before the half when freshman Mia Sardella struck the ball from the left and sent it sailing to the right post. Temple’s defenders deflected the shot and the ball rolled just wide of the goal post.
Following the break, Loyola was called for a foul in the box in the 64th minute, setting up a penalty kick for the Owls. Lafferty converted the shot, extending Temple’s lead, 4-0.
The Greyhounds looked to counter in the 76th minute when freshman Sarah Ensor broke away and went one-on-one with goalkeeper Jordan Nash. The rookie forward was unable to finish and Nash maintained Temple’s clean sheet on Friday afternoon.
Freshman goalkeeper Sumer Rahe made her collegiate debut in the final 15 minutes of the game, making two saves during her time in net.
Loyola will look to rebound on Sunday when it travels to Cornell University for a 1 p.m., contest.