BALTIMORE - The College of the Holy Cross converted an early penalty kick and later added an insurance goal to defeat the Loyola University Maryland women's soccer team, 2-0, on Senior Day Saturday afternoon at Ridley Athletic Complex.
The Crusaders were awarded a penalty kick in the eighth minute after Loyola (6-9-1 overall, 4-4-1 Patriot League) was called for a handball in the box, and Megan Greineder converted for Holy Cross.
Despite the early one-goal deficit, Loyola created five shot opportunities throughout the first half, including putting two on goal, but the Greyhounds were unable to find their equalizer before Holy Cross (5-8-4, 2-4-3) netted its second goal.
In the 87th minute, Holy Cross' Annie Galvin found Emily George just outside the six, and George finished a seven-yard shot to put the Crusaders up, 2-0.
Throughout the game, Holy Cross outshot Loyola, 9-7, while the Greyhounds held a 9-4 advantage in corner kicks.
In goal, graduate student Colleen Folan came up with three saves, while Holy Cross' Brooke Holle also stopped three shots.
"Holy Cross was motivated to keep its season alive, which was hard to match emotion wise," head coach Naomi Meiburger said. "With the regular season completed now, we'll turn our focus to Tuesday's Patriot League Tournament game."
Loyola will host its first-ever Patriot League Quarterfinal match on Tuesday, Nov. 3, at Ridley Athletic Complex. The Greyhounds earned the tournament's No. 4 seed and will host Colgate University at 7 p.m.