Red Flash Score Early, Down Women’s Soccer On The Road
LORETTO, Pa. - Saint Francis University of Pennsylvania scored twice in the first 17 minutes, and the Red Flash went on to defeat visiting Loyola University Maryland women’s soccer, 3-0, Sunday afternoon in non-conference play.
The Northeast Conference’s preseason favorite and 2016 champion got on the board in 7:01 into play as Leah Hardin tallied a goal off assists by Sarah Suler and Gabi Morales. Saint Francis then tacked on another goal less than 10 minutes later when Camryn Tirado used an Alyssa McGhee feed to score at 16:34.
Loyola had a 6-5 advantage in first-half shots, but the Red Flash kept the Greyhounds off the board.
“Saint Francis is a talented team, and they played better than us today,” said Loyola Head Coach Naomi Meiburger. “We didn’t come ready out of the gate, and we have to learn from that for the next game. We need to push the envelope and find more ways to score out of our attack.“
The Red Flash tallied an insurance goal 17:06 into the second half when Hardin found the net a second time, this off a McGhee assist.
Overall, Saint Francis controlled a 13-11 advantage in shots, 9-4 in those struck on goal. The Red Flash also had five corner kicks to Loyola’s two.
Sumer Rahe made six saves in goal for Loyola, while Julia Hernan made four for Saint Francis.
Loyola is back in action on Friday night when it travels to Quenns, New York, for a 6 o’clock game at St. John’s University.