WASHINGTON, D.C. - An incredible last-minute goal by Jourdan Ziff in the final five seconds of regulation equalized the Greyhounds’ 2-2 draw against American on Wednesday afternoon. Ziff charted both of Loyola's goals. With the draw, Loyola remains unbeaten in Patriot League play.
“(Ziff) really came in and did a great job, her two goals were tremendous, especially her goal with five seconds left, to just go and battle and fight," said Head Coach Naomi Meiburger. "She had the willingness we need to go win a game."
The Greyhounds had only two shots on goal during the first half with the scoring opportunities came from Mary Theresa Corcoran in the ninth minute and Ziff in the 12th. Both were saved by American goalkeeper Morgan Lang. Loyola did not take another shot in the first 45.
American led Loyola in corner kicks, 3-2, at the end of the first half, the Greyhounds charting two shots on goal to the Eagles’ one.
“It was a typical midweek game, it’s always challenging for players to really get up for these midweek games," said Meiburger on her team's slow start to the match. "Credit American, they came out ready, they battled and fought and really put us on the back foot early.”
Early into the second half, American’s Alex Taylor scored off of a rebound from a free kick in the 59th minute, assisted by Kira Flaherty. Taylor shot the ball into the left side netting from 22 yards out.
Quickly equalizing the game, Ziff aimed a header into the goal in the 60th minute off a cross from Morgan Crable on the left side. For Crable, it was her first assist of the season and fourth of her career.
In the 84th minute, Audrey Denkler scored for the Eagles, putting American up 2-1 with under 10 minutes left in regulation.
With time running out, Ziff carried the ball down the field and sent it into the net, scoring with five seconds left in the match and sending the game into overtime. The goal was her third this season, both coming in the last two games, and fourth of her career.
Lily Andres entered the game as Loyola's goalkeeper for the first overtime period, replacing Sumer Rahe, who ended her 90 minutes of play with two saves. Andres played in the additional 20 minutes but did not see any action.
The extra 20 minutes saw no change in the score, the match ending in a 2-2 draw.
Over the 110 minutes, Loyola and American each had seven shots, six on goal for the Greyhounds and four on goal for the Eagles. American led the game in corner kicks, 9-4, and Eagle goalkeeper Lang ended the match with four saves.
The Greyhounds head home to Ridley Athletic Complex to host Boston University on Saturday, October 1. The match is set to begin at 2:30 p.m.