First-Half Goal Enough For Blue Hens As Delaware Tops Women’s Soccer, 1-0

Sept. 4, 2016

NEWARK, Del. - Nikki Adams curled a 22-yard shot just inside the upper left corner of the goal, giving the University of Delaware women’s soccer team a 1-0 non-conference victory over visiting Loyola University Maryland on Sunday night.

Natalie Zelenky gave a pass to Adams who struck a shot from the top corner of the box. A diving save attempt by Loyola’s Lily Andres saw the ball just escape her fingertips, staking the Blue Hens to a 1-0 lead 29-minutes, 49-seconds into the first half.

Delaware opened the game with a flurry of set-piece chances, but they could not cash in on seven corner kicks in the first 27 minutes. The Blue Hens also had seven shots before the Greyhounds registered their first.

Loyola (3-2-1 overall), however, put two shots of its three shots on goal in the final nine minutes of the first half, but Kailyn Rekos made saves on attempts by Lexy Andrews and Nicole Wahlig.

The Greyhounds continued strong offense in the second half, as a Mia Sardella corner kick found the head of Beth Eversman in the 51st minute, but Eversman’s shot was saved by Rekos, preserving the Blue Hens’ lead.

Sumer Rahe, who entered in relief of Andres at the start of the second half, made a save diving to her right on a Zelenky strike in the 53rd minute, keeping Loyola within a goal.

Delaware (1-5) had a 14-7 advantage in shots and 14-4 lead in corner kick attempts. Rekos made six saves in goal for the Blue Hels, while Rahe had three saves for Loyola and Andres made two.

The Greyhounds continue their four-game road swing on Friday, Sept. 9, with a 7 p.m. match at Monmouth University.