BALTIMORE - With a 0-0 double-overtime tie versus the United States Naval Academy Sunday afternoon at Ridley Athletic Complex, the Loyola University Maryland women's soccer team remains in contention for a spot in the 2014 Patriot League Tournament.
"This was a great result for us," Head Coach Naomi Meiburger said. "Getting this Patriot League point was really important and I'm really happy with how the team played."
Loyola (6-8-3, 2-3-3 Patriot League) handed the Midshipmen (10-3-5, 5-1-2) only their second tie of league play, while the Greyhounds ran their unbeaten streak to four-straight matches.
Loyola began to pressure offensively from the first whistle, as the team tallied five corner kicks in the first 45 minutes. Junior Charlotte Miller took four of Loyola's first five corners, creating the Greyhounds' best opportunity to score in the fifth minute. Miller's corner sailed to sophomore Nicole Wahlig, who took Loyola's first shot, but it was blocked by a Navy defender. Sophomore Jess Soldiviero recovered the ball and blasted a shot toward the center of the goal. The attempt was punched out, bouncing off the cross bar and out of bounds.
Nearly 15 minutes later, the Greyhounds' defense held strong, keeping Navy off the board. The Mids took a free kick in the 22nd minute, but senior Kelly Santangelo prevented the ball from entering the box.
The defense continued to pressure, as sophomore Kelsey Targarona booted out a cross late in the first half to once again prevent Navy from attacking.
The Midshipmen outshot the Greyhounds in the second half, 6-0, while senior Colleen Folan made two saves during regulation.
"Navy is very physical," Meiburger said. "They are an attacking team and we knew we had to go out and defend, and that's just what we did."
Loyola's final opportunity to score came in the second overtime period, materializing once again off a Miller set piece. The aerial cross found the foot of junior Brooke Kerrigan, but the attempt sailed wide right.
In goal, Folan made three saves, collecting her ninth shutout of the season.
"Our senior leadership has been the difference in turning things around this season," Meiburger said. "I can't say enough about Gabrielle, and the example she has set for the team. Kelly and Colleen play a crucial role in our defensive, helping us to four shutouts in a row now. Jessica and Lindsay have also been great for us. Not only do they provide leadership on the field, but off the field, they are great role models for the team."
The Greyhounds close out regular season action on Saturday, Nov. 1, taking on Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania. Game time is set for 7 p.m.