Women's Soccer Drops Home Opener To George Washington
BALTIMORE - Loyola University Maryland women's soccer created scoring opportunities early in the second half, but it wasn't enough, as the Greyhounds fell to George Washington University, 3-0, at Ridley Athletic Complex.
The Greyhounds fell to 1-2 on the season, while the Colonials continue their undefeated year at 3-0.
"Going into halftime, we were happy holding a strong George Washington team scoreless for 45 minutes," Head Coach Naomi Meiburger said. "It was anyone's game at the beginning of the second half, and for the first 25 minutes we had them on the back foot. The team had chances to take the game, but the goal on the running play took the air out of us."
In the 58th minute, George Washington's Ingrid DiClemente ran up the far side of the field and made a clean cross to Meg Murphy. Murphy took a shot that hit off the left post and bounced into the back of the net for the Colonials' first goal of the evening.
Less than 10 minutes later, Nicole Belfonti scored an unassisted goal, dribbling up the left side, crossing a shot into the right side of the goal.
Loyola's Charlotte Miller gave the Greyhounds their first opportunity to score since the two Colonial goals, taking a corner kick from the near side of the field. The cross found its way into the box, but George Washington's goalkeeper Miranda Horn made a jumping save to prevent the goal.
George Washington scored its third and final goal in the 79th minute, as Brittany Cooper played a through ball up the middle of the field to Kristi Abbate. Abbate went one-on-one with the Loyola's Colleen Folan, finding the back of the net for the third Colonials goal.
Junior Brooke Kerrigan gave Loyola its final opportunity to put a point on the board in the last six minutes. Her right-footed shot went straight through the box, but found its way right to the hands of Horn.
George Washington outshot the Greyhounds, 10-8, while Loyola held the halftime advantage, 6-2. Miller led the Greyhounds' cause with three shots, while junior Rosy Hayes contributed two. Nicole Wahlig, Riley Piechnick and Brooke Kerrigan contributed the other three shots for Loyola.
Both team's goalkeepers, Folan and Horn, made three saves apiece.
The Greyhounds return to Ridley on Sunday, Aug. 31, for a 1 p.m., matchup with DePaul University.
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