Sept. 19, 2015
BALTIMORE - Rosy Hayes stole a Lafayette College clearing attempt, drove to 20 yards out and ripped a shot that deflected off a Leopards defender and into the goal to give Loyola University Maryland a 2-1 overtime victory Saturday night in the Greyhounds' Patriot League opener.
"It's great to win the Patriot League opener at home," head coach Naomi Meiburger said. "I've been talking about it with the team all week. We only have four home conference games, so we need to take care of business at Ridley. As excited as I am about the win, I'm very thrilled with how the team played as a whole."
Lafayette (5-2-0 overall, 0-1-0 Patriot League) looked to clear the ball back to its goalkeeper who sent the ball out toward the midfield. Hayes, however, took the ball out of the air and dribbled untouched to the top of the box.
She drove a right-footed shot from 20 yards out that glanced off a Lafayette player and changed direction. It went into the right corner of the goal in the 98th minute for the Greyhounds' victory. The goal was the team-leading fifth of the season for Hayes and her third game-winning tally in eight games.
Loyola (3-5-0, 1-0-0) opened scoring in the 59th minute when junior Maddie Boccio drove down the left side and crossed a pass into the box where junior Jess Soldiviero put it on goal.
Leopards goalkeeper Kelly O'Brien saved the shot, but it bounced free where senior Charlotte Miller collected the rebound and shot it inside the left post for the game's first goal.
Lafayette, however, tallied the equalizer in the 71st minute when Katie Brannigan gained possession and sent a ball up the left alley to Kaelin King who scored to knot the game at 1-1.
Loyola held a 14-6 advantage in shots, while Lafayette recorded one more corner kick than the Greyhounds (5-4).
Saturday night's game marked the first-program victory for the Greyhounds in a Patriot League opener, as well as the first League win over the Leopards. Loyola remains unbeaten against Lafayette, 3-0-2.
Loyola returns to action on Saturday, Sept. 26, traveling to the United States Naval Academy for a 5:30 p.m., matchup. The game is part of a doubleheader series with Loyola and Navy, as the men's teams will face off at 8 p.m.