Corcoran OT Header Lifts Women's Soccer Past Seton Hall
Aug. 24, 2017
BALTIMORE - Mary Theresa Corcoran picked a great time to score her first collegiate goal as the sophomore headed home a Julianna Cabrera corner kick 3:54 into overtime to give Loyola University Maryland a 1-0 non-conference win over Seton Hall University on Thursday night at Ridley Athletic Complex.
Jourdan Ziff earned the corner for the Greyhounds (1-2-0 overall), driving a ball off a Pirates defender, and Cabrera setup the kick from the right side. Her kick found the head of Corcoran on the far side of the six where she headed it off the underside of the crossbar for the game-winning goal.
Corcoran's shot was just Loyola's third of the game, but it provided the match's only scoring as Sumer Rahe logged a clean sheet in goal for the Greyhounds.
"Both teams were battling, and it was one we had to grind out," said Head Coach Naomi Meiburger. "I told the players before overtime it was going to be a game decided on something manufactured. Alice (Regan) got the ball to Jourdan, and she got us the corner. It was a great ball from `Jules,' and Mary just smashed it home."
Loyola gained possession two minutes into overtime as a shot by Seton Hall's Andrea Palermo from the top of the 18 went well right of the goal, and Rahe was given a goal kick. She sent the ball to the midfield line where the Pirates (0-1-0) briefly won back possession, but Alice Regan stepped in front of a long Seton Hall pass to get the ball back for the Greyhounds.
She touched it to Cabrera who sent a long ball up the right side to Ziff. After the Pirates knocked it out of bounds, Ziff turned and touched Regan's throw toward the end line, sending a cross off a Pirates defender and out for a Greyhounds' corner.
An evenly played second half saw the Pirates outshoot Loyola, 3-1, but the Greyhounds had three of their six corner kicks during the 45-minute half. Sarah Ensor took Loyola's second-half shot in the 66th minute after a good run down the left. Her chip from 20 yards was blocked and went out of bounds, earning one of the corners.
Seton Hall had two dangerous free kicks in the second half, but neither amounted to a goal. The first came in the 67th minute, and Marissa Aniolowski got a head on the ball, but her shot went wide right.
The second free kick came with less than seven minutes remaining in regulation. The service came from 22 yards out on the right wide and fell loose in the box before Corcoran cleared it for the Greyhounds.
Atley Fortney took a soft shot from the top of the box less than a minute later, but Rahe was there to scoop it up for a save. The Pirates then earned a corner kick with less than 30 seconds left in regulation, but Kate Reese challenged a Seton Hall player and drew a foul as Loyola ran out the clock to force overtime.
The Pirates best scoring chance came in the sixth minute of the game when Palermo had a hard volley clang off the crossbar. Seton Hall held the ball in, and Aniolowski struck a header that sailed wide left.
Loyola had a scoring opportunity in the 44th minute as Cabrera bent a long cross to Ziff at the top of the 18. Ziff redirected the cross for a shot, but Pirates goalkeeper Anna MacLean made her lone save of the game to keep the game scoreless.
Overall, Seton Hall had a 7-3 advantage in shots, but Loyola took three more corners than the Pirates' three. Both goalkeepers were credited with one save.
Loyola is back in action on Sunday, August 27, when it plays its second-straight Big East Conference opponent. The Greyhounds travel to Washington, D.C., for a 1 p.m. game at 2016 NCAA College Cup Semifinalist Georgetown University.