Red Storm Rallies For Late Win Over Women’s Soccer
BALTIMORE - Julianna Cabrera scored her first goal of the 2017 season 31-plus mintues into Friday night’s contest for Loyola University Maryland, but St. John’s University rallied with two second-half goals, and the Red Storm earned a 2-1 non-conference victory at Belson Stadium.
Cabrera dribbled herself free of traffic in the 32nd minute and ripped a shot from the top of the box that beat Red Storm goalkeeper Jordan Kamp low to put the Greyhounds in front, 1-0.
“Julianna really put a lot of pressure on (St. John’s) from the midfield,” said Loyola Head Coach Naomi Meiburger. “Her goal in the first half and shot at the end of the match were world-class. Sumer (Rahe) also came up with big save after big save tonight to keep us in the game.”
The teams entered halftime with Loyola in front by the same margin, but its Big East Conference host quickly equalized in the second half. Samie Scaffidi made a move on the outside edge of the box and fired a shot into the top-right corner of the goal at 50:13, evening the score at 1-1.
The Red Storm had a 9-2 shot advantage int the second half, and 18-6 for the game, but it did not take the lead until the final minutes.
With less than five minutes to play, Mariela Jacome and Allie Moar set up a Mikhala Martinov finish in front of the goal at 85:46, putting St. John’s in front, 2-1.
Cabrera drove a shot at Kamp two minutes later that the Red Storm keeper was able to divert from the goal, but Loyola earned a corner kick attempt in the 88th minute. The Greyhounds did not get off a shot, however, for the remainder of the game.
“We played with so much heart and tenacity tonight, I couldn't be prouder of how we performed,” Meiburger said. “Our effort for all 90 minutes was great. We're disappointed with the result but I can't be upset with the work our team put into tonight. We are excited now to move into Patriot League and get the conference season started.”
Friday’s game was the final non-conference tune-up for Loyola before the Greyhounds open Patriot League action on Saturday, September 16, at Colgate.