BALTIMORE - The Loyola University Maryland women's soccer team dropped a 1-0 match to Saint Joseph's University on Sunday afternoon at Ridley Athletic Complex.
"I think today was a tale of two halves," Head Coach Naomi Meiburger said. "Saint Joseph's was able to capitalize on a mistake we made in the first half, but we still had chances to come back into the game. In the second half, the team started to show more effort, but we were unlucky to not get more chances in front of the net. Overall, I'm proud of the way the girls played in the second half. Now we need to put two halves together to make a whole game. "
In the 36th minute, the Hawks (3-3) acquired possession in the midfield and Shannon Mulvey gained control of the ball. The Saint Josephs' forward sent a long pass to Emily Gingrich, who beat her defenders and finished the play for the Hawks' 1-0 lead.
The Greyhounds' (2-4) first and best opportunity to score happened 10 minutes into the match. Sophomore Maddie Boccio made a nearside cross to the center of the box. Teammate Jessica Van Dyke grounded the ball and sophomore Nicole Wahlig took a close-up shot, but the Hawks' defense was there for the block.
Saint Joseph's created a number of through ball opportunities in the first half, but Kelly Santangelo and sophomore Morgan Crable produced a number of strong defensive stops for the Greyhounds. Santangelo made a diving save with 10 minutes remaining in the half.
"Kelly was strong for us this weekend," Meiburger said. "She provided some good looks on the back line."
Five minutes later, Crable created a long aerial pass to classmate Jess Soldiviero, who fought off her defender, but the Hawks' goalkeeper recovered the ball and kept the Greyhounds scoreless.
In the 64th minute, freshmen Alyssa Bonnesen's header attempt just missed the cage and went too high. On the other end of the field, Saint Joseph's Olivia McEachern took two shots later in the second half, both of which were saved by senior Colleen Folan.
In the final two minutes Loyola continued to pressure and look to find its equalizer when Crable sent a long pass from the midfield to the left wing. Junior Charlotte Miller was there to take the pass and center it to Van Dyke. The redshirt junior turned and made a quick pass to Rosy Hayes, who took a shot on goal that went just high of the cross bar.
Throughout the game, the Hawks held an 11-7 shot advantage, and 4-1 edge in corner kicks.
In goal, Folan made three saves, while Saint Joseph's goalkeeper Allison Ebling stopped one.
The Battle of Baltimore debuts at Ridley Athletic Complex on Friday, Sept. 12, as the Greyhounds host Mount St. Mary's and UMBC in a neutral site game at 5 p.m., before taking on cross-town rival Towson University at 7:30. Two days later, the tournament travels to Towson, as Loyola takes on Mount St. Mary's at noon.