Late Second-Half Goal Gives Women's Soccer 2-2 Tie At Navy

Sept. 26, 2015

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Junior Nicole Wahlig scored with just under three minutes remaining in regulation to cap off a Loyola University Maryland women's soccer team rally and get the Greyhounds a 2-2 double-overtime draw with the United States Naval Academy Saturday at the Glenn Warner Soccer Facility.

"I'm very happy with our performance tonight," head coach Naomi Meiburger said. "Navy is a tough team and it's always great to get a point on the road in the Patriot League. I'm thrilled for our tremendous result at a difficult venue. I'm so proud of the team. They were in it for the entire game and deserve tonight's result. I'm happy with the opportunities we are creating in the attack and the plays we are able to shut down on defense."

Loyola (3-5-1 overall, 1-0-1 Patriot League) controlled possession for much of the first half and outshot the Midshipmen, 10-4. During that time, the Greyhounds also took four corner kicks, as Navy was unable to record one.

In the sixth minute, senior Rosy Hayes entered the box and booted a shot that was blocked by a Navy defender. Hayes caromed the ball and put it away for the game's first goal of the evening.

The Mids were unable to score in the first half, but recorded back-to-back goals from Clare MacAdam early in the second half to take a 2-1 advantage. In the 53rd minute, MacAdam's dribbled to the middle of the field and fired a left-footed shot into the bottom left corner of the goal.

Two minutes later, Lizzy Rullan passed to Natalie Dzhandzhapanyan in front of Loyola's bench. Dzhandzhapanyan sent an aerial pass into the box where MacAdam collected the ball and turned to shoot for the Mids' second goal of the contest.

Despite the one-goal deficit, Loyola continued to pressure offensively and was awarded a corner kick in the 88th minute. The Greyhounds' corner was lofted into the box but denied by Navy's defense. Freshman Jourdan Ziff collected the ball on the endline and sent it out to Hayes on the left side of the field. Hayes lofted the ball into the center of the box and Wahlig headed it in to tie the game, 2-2.

Navy (6-4-2, 0-0-2) narrowly outshot Loyola, 4-3, over the course of the extra 20 minutes, as both sides continued to fight for the golden goal in their second Patriot League match of the season.

Graduate student Colleen Folan recorded two saves, while Dayton Wetherby collected six saves in goal for the Midshipmen.

Loyola returns home Wednesday, Sept. 30, to host American University at 7 p.m.