Cabrera-Corcoran Connection Clicks Again For Another OT Victory
CATONSVILLE, Md. - Mary Theresa Corcoran drilled home a Julianna Cabrera corner kick less than two minutes into the second overtime period, scoring her second game-winner in extra time in three games on Thursday. Her goal lifted Loyola University Maryland to a 1-0 non-conference victory at UMBC.
Cabrera slipped a pass deep on the left side to Jourdan Ziff, and ZIff's aggressive play earned the Greyhounds the corner kick. Cabrera's line-drive service dipped inside the far corner of the six, and Corcoran came rushing on to drive in the header for the win.
The pair also connected on August 24 to give Loyola a 1-0 win in overtime against Seton Hall University.
Sumer Rahe logged her second clean sheet of the season, making three saves in goal for Loyola (2-3-0 overall).
"Jourdan did a great job of being aggressive and winning us a lot of corners tonight," said Head Coach Naomi Meiburger. "Jules played the ball to her, and she got us the corner in the end. "Cease" (Corcoran) just drove it home with such strength."
Both teams took eight shots in the game, but the Greyhounds' attacking presence kept consistent pressure on the Retrievers' defense, earning Loyola eight corners to UMBC's five.
"UMBC is a tough team to defend because they are trying to put long balls on your back line," Meiburger said. "You have to constantly be aware and be ready on the back line, and we did that tonight. We were a bit of bend, but not break, but we did what we needed to do.
Loyola had a slight 3-2 advantage in shots in the first half, but the Greyhounds turned up the pressure early in the second. A deep shot by Claire Beath just over 11 minutes in to the stanza led to Loyola earning three-straight corner kicks.
Ten minutes later on another corner, Cabrera played the ball to the far side of the six where Hannah Hoefs reversed it with a header. Lauren Frank came in with a strong header, but the ball went just wide, keeping the score deadlocked.
That was Loyola's last shot of the half despite possession being even.
UMBC (1-3-1) had three shots in the final 10 minutes, but the first two sailed high, and Rahe secured the final for a save.
Neither the Greyhounds, nor Retrievers had a shot in the first overtime period, and Corcoran's winner was the only in the second.
Loyola continues play on Sunday, September 3, when it heads to Loretto, Pennsylvania, to face Saint Francis University at 2 p.m.