The Loyola women's soccer team put forth a team effort to claim it's first win against the Monmouth Hawks as three different Greyhounds charted goals. It was a fight for the win, as the two teams were tied twice during the game, but senior Morgan Crable's first career goal was the gamewinner for the Greyhounds.
"Both teams battled tonight," head coach Naomi Meiburger said. "Monmouth certainly had chances to win and it came down to one moment where we were able to pull ahead and seal it off.
"It's a great win for our program and we are really excited and looking forward to moving ahead."
The first half started slow, the first shot for either team being from Cabrera, a high ball in the 10th minute. There were no corners until the 24th minute.
Monmouth charted the first goal of the game, a two-touch goal from sophomore Alli DeLuca in the 24th minute. DeLuca sent the ball into the far post, her second goal of the season and of her career.
Loyola quickly responded, as Julianna Cabrera scored the equalizer in the 35th minute, a rebound off a free kick for the Greyhounds. The goal, Cabrera's third of the season, was assisted by Mia Sardella and Mary Theresa Corcoran.
Coming out of the half in a 1-1 draw, Maddie Boccio quickly pushed the Greyhounds ahead with her first goal of the season and sixth of her career. Boccio scored off a blocked shot rebound in the 60th minute.
Although Greyhound goalie Sumer Rahe had a close-call save in the 65th minute, Monmouth was able to even the score in the 66th with a goal from redshirt senior Rachel Ivanicki, assisted by Rachelle Ross.
The gamewinning moment came in the 72nd minute when Crable scored her first career goal off a penalty kick that resulted from a Monmouth handball. Crable took the penalty kick and the ball soared past the Hawks goalkeeper, Sydney Lavan.
Lavan ended the game with three saves for the Hawks, matched by Rahe who also had three for the Greyhounds. Rahe is unbeaten when starting in goal this season for Loyola, as she has posted a 3-0-1 record.
"That was a real team performance from our team tonight, every single player," Meiburger added. "We competed for 90 minutes and as much as this is a well-earned result, I am more proud of our performance.
"I told the team at halftime that this game was going to come down to a moment, and the team who competes the hardest in that moment will come out on top. They had their moments and defensively, we were strong enough to thwart their attack. Offensively, we created quality chances and finished those chances in the moments we needed to during the game."
The Greyhounds will delve back into Patriot League play this weekend, hosting Navy on Saturday, Sept. 24. The match is set to begin at 7 p.m. at Ridley Athletic Complex.