CATONSVILLE, Md. - Behind a pair of goals from senior Rosy Hayes, the Loyola University Maryland women’s soccer team defeated UMBC, 2-0, in the first night of the Battle of Baltimore at Retriever Soccer Park.
Loyola improves to 2-4-0 on the season, while UMBC falls to 1-5-1.
“It was great to get the result, but I was even more impressed with the team’s performance” head coach Naomi Meiburger said. “We came out and executed exactly like we needed to. We scored early and really dominated the pace of the game.”
The Greyhounds wasted no time putting the first score on the board, as senior Charlotte Miller went one-on-one with her defender and forced a corner kick in the fifth minute. Freshman Julianna Cabrera took the corner and found Hayes who finished the set piece for Loyola’s first goal of the match.
In the 83rd minute, Loyola added an insurance goal when junior Jess Soldiviero slipped a forward pass to Hayes inside the box. Hayes dodged her defenders and punched a shot past the hands of UMBC’s goalkeeper Mikayla Krinetz to get the Greyhounds their, 2-0, victory.
“Rosy was tremendous for us tonight,” Meiburger said. “Charlotte had another good game and although Julianna is a freshman, she is playing like a veteran.”
UMBC had its best chance to counter Hayes’ first goal in the 21st minute when Amanda Dailey got a head on a corner attempt, but graduate student Colleen Folan grabbed the ball in the middle of the air and secured it on the ground to maintain Loyola’s 1-0 lead.
Loyola had an opportunity to score in the 35th minute when Miller ran up the center of the field and beat her midfield defender, only to be halted by one of the Retrievers’ middle backs. Miller avoided the jam and turned to find junior Maddie Boccio nearly 10-yards out. Boccio punched a shot at the goal, but it bounced off the crossbar.
Coming back from the half, both teams had an opportunity to score off set pieces nearly 10 minutes into the play, but neither team was able to capitalize.
“UMBC put the pressure on us tonight, but we did what we came out to do,” Meiburger said. “The defense put pressure on the flank and really pressed their offense. This is a huge confidence boost for the defense. Getting the shutout was big for us.”
Of the combined 13 shots throughout the match, both teams recorded a majority of their offensive presence in the second half, posting nine total shot opportunities (five from Loyola and four from UMBC).
Before Hayes’ final goal, Loyola nearly added an additional goal to the score sheet. In the 78th minute, Miller ran up the flank and crossed the ball to freshman Sarah Ensor inside the box. Ensor put a foot on the ball, but it rolled just outside the post.
Throughout the game, Folan recorded four saves, tabbing her first shutout of the 2015 campaign.
Loyola returns to action on Sunday, competing in the second and final day of the Battle of Baltimore. The tournament travels to Emmitsburg, Maryland, as the Greyhounds face the Towson Tigers in a neutral site matchup at noon. Following the game, host Mount St. Mary’s will take on UMBC at 2:30 p.m.