BALTIMORE - Sophomore Kelsey Targarona recorded her first career goal on Friday night to lift Loyola University Maryland women's soccer to a 1-0 win over Towson University at Ridley Athletic Complex.
The Greyhounds recorded their first home win and improved to 3-4 on the season, while the Tigers fell to 2-4-1 overall.
Junior Charlotte Miller took a throw-in and centered the ball to sophomore Maddie Boccio. The sophomore midfielder made a quick touch, diverting the ball to Alyssa Bonnesen. The rookie forward setup Targarona with a pass to the left side of the field, where the sophomore finished off the play with a left-footed shot into the right corner of the goal.
Targarona scored on only the second shot of her career, the first coming in her rookie campaign of 2013.
"We executed well on our set pieces," Head Coach Naomi Meiburger said. "Nicole Wahlig did a fantastic job getting into the box for us. The girls did a good job pressing forward in that final third portion of the game, which is something we haven't done well to this point so it's encouraging to see that now so deep into the season."
In the first half, Loyola recorded only one shot, but turned around and created seven scoring opportunities in the second half. The Greyhounds did not put a single shot on goal in the first 45 minutes, but ended up totaling four in the second half.
The best chance came in the 60th minute as Boccio sent a cross into the box that was headed by Wahlig. The middle back struck the ball, but Towson's Erin Quinn quickly punched it out of the goal for the save.
Minutes later, Boccio returned with her own header from junior Rosy Hayes. The attempt just missed the goal and hit the crossbar in the 66th minute.
Senior Colleen Folan recorded three saves in the match, the third with less than two minutes remaining from Towson's leading scorer Katie Ponce.
"Colleen was fantastic for us tonight," Meiburger said. "She had a couple big stops from some of Towson's key players. Morgan Crable also did a great job in our outside back position, shutting down part of their offense. Across the board our backline did a great job when we needed it most tonight."
The Greyhounds finished the game with an 8-6 shot advantage, while both teams took two corners during the match.
The Battle of Baltimore concludes on Sunday, Sept. 14, as the Greyhounds take on Mount St. Mary's at noon. Following the match, Towson hosts UMBC at 2:30 p.m., from the Tiger Soccer Complex.