Women's Soccer Ties With Lafayette In Patriot League Opener
Easton, PA - Freshman Casey McKenzie’s first half goal, the first of her career, matched Lafayette early, resulting in a draw in the Greyhounds’ first Patriot League matchup of the season. The Greyhounds are now 3-2-2, 0-0-1 in league play.
An open-net opportunity for sophomore Alex Stanford resulted in a goal for the Leopards in the 39th minute. Stanford drew out goalie Sumer Rahe, getting a strong shot off from outside the box, which sailed into the corner of the goal.
Loyola quickly evened the score in the 40th minute, McKenzie’s first career goal off an assist from Mia Sardella, her third assist of the season. The Greyhounds outshot the Leopards 6-2 in the first half, having multiple other scoring opportunities and close calls, four of which were saved by Lafayette’s senior goalkeeper Danielle Sedillo.
Entering the second half, two early shots for the Leopards were saved by Rahe. Loyola did not chart a shot until the 68th minute, when Alice Regan had one denied by Sedillo. Despite Loyola’s 4-3 lead in shots in the second half, regulation ended in a 1-1 draw, resulting in extra time in the league opener.
The Greyhounds only saw two scoring opportunities in the first overtime period, one saved by Lafayette and another soaring high over the post. In the second extra period, the Leopards were the only team to get a shot off, leading the Greyhounds in shots overall in extra time, 3-2.
Rahe, in her third start of the season, ended the game with four saves in 110 minutes, while Lafayette’s Sedillo charted eight saves.
Although outshot in both overtime periods, in all 110 minutes the Greyhounds outshot the Leopards, 12-8.
Next up, the Greyhounds will head to New Jersey to face Monmouth on Tuesday, Sept. 20 at 7 p.m. The match was rescheduled from Sept. 9.