Sept. 30, 2015
BALTIMORE - Senior Riley Piechnick scored the game-winning goal in overtime as the Loyola University Maryland women's soccer team defeated American University, 2-1, Wednesday night at Ridley Athletic Complex.
With the win, Loyola improved to 4-5-1 overall and 2-0-1 in Patriot League play. American fell to 3-7-1 and 0-2-1 in League play.
"Tonight was a tough game," head coach Naomi Meiburger said. "We created some dangerous chances, but couldn't create the right pass to finish earlier in the game. I have to give credit to Riley for taking a chance at the end. We told her play to the wind and she did, so credit to her for taking a chance."
Loyola scored its quickest goal of the season thus far, striking only 2:45 into the match. Senior Charlotte Miller recorded her second goal of the season off a through ball from junior Jess Soldiviero and sophomore Alyssa Bonnesen.
The 1-0 Loyola lead held up until the 55th minute when American's Bruna Gomes found Audrey Denkler inside the box. Denkler flicked the ball back to Marley Jennings who shot the ball over the hands of Loyola's Colleen Folan for the equalizer.
The score remained 1-1 through the end of regulation despite several good scoring chances by Loyola's Sarah Ensor and Miller.
In the 96th minute, the Greyhounds pressured the Eagles' defense and earned three-straight throw-in opportunities. The third time was the charm, as Piechnick threw to the feet of senior Rosy Hayes who chipped it back to the defender near the sideline. Piechnick crossed the ball into the box and the wind carried it under the crossbar for the first goal of her career.
Loyola outshot American, 14-6, and held a 7-4 advantage in corner kicks.
Folan finished with four saves for Loyola, while American's Charlene Belanger had six before receiving a red card in the 68th minute. Courtney Bembenek finished in goal for the Eagles, posting one save in 27:50.
The Greyhounds close out the month of September with a record of 4-1-1. Loyola heads to Boston University Saturday, Oct. 3, for a 1 p.m., matchup at Nickerson Field.