BOSTON - The Loyola University Maryland women's soccer team saw its season come to a close Friday, as the fourth-seeded Greyhounds fell to No. 1 seed Boston University, 2-1, in the semifinals of the Patriot League Tournament at Nickerson Field.
"I'm really proud of the way we played tonight," head coach Naomi Meiburger said. "To come into Boston and play toe-to-toe with a team of this quality reflects the progress we have made this season and the direction this program is headed. The senior class drove this team into the playoffs. They've helped us push this program forward to meet not only this year's goals, but set a standard for future years."
All three of the match's goals were scored off set pieces, including one from Boston University's Rachel Bloznalis in the 57th minute. She took a free kick from midfield and the ball curled under the crossbar for the Terriers' first goal of the evening.
Two minutes later, senior Rosy Hayes took a corner kick for the Greyhounds. Junior Nicole Wahlig met the attempt with her head and redirected the ball past Boston University's goalkeeper, Alyssa Parisi, to tie the game, 1-1. Wahlig's header was her second of the season and the fifth goal of her career.
Both sides battled for the next 25 minutes, but the Greyhounds conceded their second goal in the 84th minute when Boston University's Clare Pleuler attempted a free kick from just outside the 18-yard box. Graduate student Colleen Folan punched out the attempt, but Jenna Fisher put away the rebound to record the game-winning goal for the Terriers.
In goal, Folan stopped a season-best seven shots, while Parisi, the Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Year, made one save.
Loyola finishes the year 6-10-2 overall, while BU improves to 11-5-3 and advances to the Patriot League title game Sunday afternoon to face the winner of third-seeded Navy vs. No. 2 seed Bucknell.