BALTIMORE - Sophomore Jess Soldiviero scored in the 66th minute Wednesday evening, but the Loyola University Maryland women's soccer team fell to Bucknell University, 2-1, at Ridley Athletic Complex.
Bucknell (6-5-2, 1-1-1 Patriot League) scored first in the 43rd minute when the Greyhounds were unable to gain possession of a 50-50 ball. Madison Loos and Maddie Mulford gained aerial possession and sent the ball forward to Alexis Gannon.
Gannon took the breakaway ball and fired a shot into the back of the net for the Bison's first goal.
The Bison quickly added to their lead, scoring within in the first minute of the second half. Cassie Denger centered the ball inside the middle of the box and Bucknell's leading scorer, Kendall Ham, finished the play for a 2-0 advantage.
Charlotte Miller ripped a shot from 20 yards out to give the Greyhounds their only scoring opportunity of the first half. Returning from the break, the junior forward created the initial look that ended up turning into Loyola's lone goal of the contest.
Miller's shot from the top-center of the box bounced hard off the cross bar and to Soldiviero. The Warren, N.J., native settled the rebound and scored in the 66th minute to pull the Greyhounds within a goal.
"Charlotte did a good job finding the ball, picking it up and that strike she had was just a great strike; a couple of inches lower, and it goes in," Head Coach Naomi Meiburger said. "I'm happy with Jess. She had the wherewithal to just go and take a chance after Charlotte got in."
In goal, Colleen Folan played all 90 minutes and recorded two saves.
"We have a lot we can take away from this game and put towards our match against Army," Meiburger said. "We need to play 90 full minutes of soccer against Army."
Loyola (4-6-1, 0-2-1) takes to the road for a two-game road swing starting with the United States Military Academy on Friday, Oct. 4. The match is set for 7:30 p.m. Two days later, the Greyhounds take on the University of Pennsylvania at 7 p.m.