BALTIMORE - The Loyola University Maryland women's soccer team dropped its first match of the season Friday night, falling to Cornell 1-0 at Ridley Athletic Complex.
The Greyhounds (3-1-1) had their first look at goal in the second minute when Mia Sardella played a corner into the box. Nicole Wahlig's initial shot hit off the keeper and a charging Mary Theresa Corcoran attempted to put the rebound away, but Big Red goalkeeper Meghan Kennedy was able to get enough of a hand on it to knock it away from the post.
Cornell (2-0-0) then capitalized on its counter attack as Paige DeLoach broke away down the left sideline, carried the ball into the box and sent a low shot across the face of the goal and into the side netting.
Loyola, playing from behind for the first time this season, continued to battle. In the sixth minute, Crable sent a long shot off the post and then in the 18th minute, the Greyhounds had a series of chances when Sardella sent a free kick into the box. A streaking Corcoran got a head on the ball, but it was blocked. Kayla Roundsman had a rebound attempt was blocked again by the Big Red, before Corcoran sent a second shot into Kennedy's arms.
In the second half, Beth Eversman tried to split defenders, but she poked her shot just over the crossbar and Maddie Boccio got ahold of another one of Sardella's free kicks in the 50th minute, but the shot went wide.
For the game, the Greyhounds outshot the Big Red, 13-1, and held a 5-2 advantage in corner kicks.
Loyola will have a quick turnaround as it travels to Delaware on Sunday for a 7 p.m. kickoff.