LEWISBURG, Pa. - The Loyola University Maryland women's soccer team fell to Bucknell University, 2-0, Wednesday night at Emmitt Field.
"There's a reason Bucknell is ranked second in the Patriot League right now," head coach Naomi Meiburger said. "They're a good team and they were better than us tonight. On their home field, they're especially tough, and I'm disappointed we weren't able to come away with anyting, but right now, we need to look ahead to the next two games."
In the 39th minute, junior Morgan Crable made a team save to keep Bucknell's leading scorer, Kendall Ham, off the scoreboard, but Riley Coopersmith gained possession for Bucknell and found Talia Szatkowski for the Bison's first goal.
Bucknell (8-5-3 overall, 4-1-2 Patriot League) added a second Bison goal in the 49th minute after drawing a foul just outside the box. Cora Climo took the free kick and found the head of Madison Loos who redirected the ball for a goal.
Loyola's best chance to score came in the 36th minute when freshman Mia Sardella sent a corner kick into the box that led to a header by junior Nicole Wahlig. Bucknell's Jessica Ratner saved the shot to keep the Greyhounds off the scoreboard.
Loyola (5-8-1, 3-3-1) maintained offensive possession for the majority of the game's final 10 minutes, tallying four shots and two corner kicks during that time, but the Greyhounds were unable to find the back of the net.
Despite trailing Bucknell in shots, 15-11, Loyola held a 5-2 advantage in corner kicks.
Graduate student Colleen Folan recorded six saves for Loyola, while Ratner stopped four shots for the Bison.
"Colleen was tremendous tonight," Meiburger said. "She came up with some big saves and kept us in the game."
Loyola stays on the road for its next match, traveling to Colgate University on Saturday, Oct. 24. Kickoff is set for 5 p.m.