BALTIMORE - The Loyola University Maryland women’s soccer team fell to the unbeaten Bucknell Bison, 3-0, in the Greyhounds’ Breast Cancer Awareness Game at Ridley Athletic Complex Wednesday night.
Despite giving up three first-half goals, the Greyhounds (5-5-4, 1-3-3 Patriot League) held the Bison (13-0-1, 7-0-0) without a shot or a corner kick throughout the entire second half. Bucknell’s Jessica Ratner saved a pair of free kicks from senior Nicole Wahlig though, including a phenomenal diving stop in the 85th minute, to preserve the shutout.
Alexis Gannon got the Bison on the board in the 11th minute when she slipped a shot on the run under a diving Loyola goalkeeper, Sumer Rahe.
Freshman Alice Regan tried to find a quick equalizer for Loyola, as she took control of a ball on the left flank 30 seconds after Bucknell’s goal, but she dribbled into the box and ultimately sent her shot wide.
Senior Maddie Boccio and sophomore Mia Sardella also had looks at goal in the following minutes, but both of their attempts were off the mark.
Bucknell then added to its advantage in the 28th minute when Kendall Hamm one-touched a pass from Maddie Mulford away from an oncoming defender and placed the ball into the top-left corner of the goal.
Gabby Bair followed that up by chipping a shot over Rahe in the 37th minute to give the Bison a 3-0 advantage at the break.
Both teams tallied 10 shots in the game, while Bucknell held a 4-2 advantage in corner kicks.
Throughout the second half, Loyola outshot the Bison, 3-0.
The Greyhounds will return to Ridley Athletic Complex on Saturday when they host Colgate for Senior Day at 5 p.m.