With the victory, Loyola improves to 2-3 on the season, while Howard (0-3) continues to look for its first win of the year.
Six minutes into the overtime period, sophomore Maddie Boccio took a nearside corner kick for Loyola. Sophomore Nicole Wahlig capitalized on the set piece and made a quick-footed pass to Van Dyke. Van Dyke turned and blasted the shot inside the box for the Greyhounds' lone overtime goal.
Friday's road contest was the first overtime match of the season for Loyola.
"Up front we got good minutes from all our attacking players and generated a lot of opportunities," Head Coach Naomi Meiburger said. "If it hadn't been for their goalkeeper coming up with some last stitch efforts we may have been able to finish the game in regulation. It was a tough environment to play in and I give credit to the girls for finding a way to get a result tonight."
With 10 minutes remaining in the first half, senior goalkeeper Colleen Folan sailed a goal kick three quarters of the way down the field to the feet of Van Dyke, creating Loyola's best scoring opportunity of the first half. The forward went one-on-one with the Bison's goalie, but the shot was saved.
Coming back from the half, sophomore Brooke Kerrigan received a long pass and made a solid cross, which Howard's goalie punched out.. Rookie Alyssa Bonnesen tried to turn the rebound into a goal, but her shot hit off the nearside post.
With 13 minutes remaining in regulation, Wahlig lofted the ball to classmate Jess Soldiviero. The sophomore forward made a quick pass to Bonnesen, who made it out in front of the pack. Her right-footed shot deflected off the goalie. Soldiviero was there for the rebound and sent it back to Bonnesen for a second chance opportunity. The freshman took her third shot of the night, but it was saved by Howard's Kyra Dickinson.
Minutes later, the Bison had an opportunity to score, but Wahlig made a sliding-defensive save for the Greyhounds.
Kerrigan gave the Greyhounds solid time off the bench, contributing strength on the right wing and sending three aerial crosses to the center of the box. Soldiviero and Van Dyke contributed offensive touches on two of the crosses, but it was not enough to score for Loyola. With only seconds left in regulation, Kerrigan made the same pass to Bonnesen, but the rookie's header attempt went just a few feet high of the cross bar.
Throughout the game, the Greyhounds held a 17-12 advantage in shots, while the Bison recorded seven corners to Loyola's two.
"I thought our back four did a tremendous job tonight dealing with their pressure," Meiburger said. "It was great to have Kelly back on the field and to get back to shutting teams out."
Folan made six saves for the Greyhounds to record her second shutout of the season.
Loyola returns to action on Sunday, Sept. 7, to host Saint Joseph's University at 3 p.m.