ITHACA, N.Y. - The Loyola University Maryland women's soccer team gave up a goal late in the first half on Sunday afternoon, and was unable to recover, falling to Cornell University, 2-0, at Berman Field.
In the 34th minute, Zoe McCormick sent a low cross over top Loyola's defense and to the head of Jessica Ritchie. The header struck a Greyhounds' defender and rolled into the back of the net for the Big Red's first goal of the afternoon.
Graduate student Colleen Folan recorded three of her five saves in the first 45 minutes, making a diving save in the 42nd minute to keep the game 1-0 at the half.
Cornell opened the second stanza with a pair of corner kicks, taking one shot on the final attempt. Rowan Glass' shot ricocheted off the post and found the feet of teammate Paige DeLoach, who scored a goal off the rebound in the 54th minute.
"The team really battled today and it's unfortunate that Cornell scored off set pieces," head coach Naomi Meiburger said. "The other team had some really fortunate and lucky goals. I can't be upset with how hard our team fought, especially late in the second half."
Loyola continued to fight for its first goal, as freshman Lexy Andrews headed a corner kick from classmate Mia Sardella in the 87th minute. Cornell's Kelsey Tierney came up with the save and maintained the Big Red's clean sheet.
In the final minute of regulation, the Greyhounds remained resilient as Sardella struck another corner into the box and found the foot of junior Kelsey Targarona. The defender booted the ball, but it was blocked by Cornell's defense.
"Our back line was tremendous today. They provided some dangerous chances in the last few minutes of the game," Meiburger said. "Colleen also came up with some big saves this afternoon."
Loyola returns to action on Friday, Sept. 4, when the Greyhounds travel to Loretto, Pennsylvania to take on Saint Francis University at 4 p.m.