WSOC Opens Patriot League Play With Scoreless Draw At Holy Cross

Sept. 20, 2014

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WORCESTER, Massachusetts - The Loyola University Maryland women’s soccer team opened Patriot League play at unbeaten Holy Cross on Saturday with a double-overtime scoreless draw at Smith Soccer Stadium.
Senior Colleen Folan led the Greyhounds (4-4-1, 0-0-1 Patriot League) with seven saves, while she posted her fifth shutout of the year. 

"Colleen was big for us today," Head Coach Naomi Meiburger said. "She made some great saves in key moments and kept her third clean sheet in a row. All around it was a great team performance. Holy Cross is a good team, and it is a good result for us to walk away with a draw on the road."

Loyola had a flurry of chances in the ninth minute, beginning when a right-footed shot from junior Rosy Hayes was blocked just inside the top-right corner of the goal. The Greyhounds regained possession and Hayes tried again, with her second attempt getting blocked, as well. The rebound bounced to senior Lindsay LeSavage though, who sent a low shot into the arms of Holy Cross goalkeeper Carly McCabe. 
Folan then took away the Crusaders’ equalizer attempt in the next minute when the goalkeeper came out to meet Holy Cross’ Christina Napolitano at the top of the box on a breakaway attempt. Folan was able to make the diving tackle to clear the ball of the box though. 
The save was one of seven for Folan throughout the 110 minutes of play, as Holy Cross (8-0-2, 0-0-1) held an 18-5 lead in shots and a 7-0 advantage in corner kicks. 

"Now we have a week of training to prepare for a tough Colgate team at home on parents weekend. I know the girls will be up for it and we are looking forward to our first home Patriot League game of the year," Meiburger said. 

Loyola will return to action on Saturday, Sept. 27, when it hosts Colgate in a 1 p.m., contest at Ridley Athletic Complex.