Early Goal Holds Up For Army West Point Against Women’s Soccer
WEST POINT, N.Y. - Lauren McGovern scored off a corner kick in the game’s sixth minute Sunday, and the lone goal held up for the U.S. Military Academy in a 1-0 Patriot League win over visiting Loyola University Maryland women’s soccer.
Emily Torres struck a corner kick that was played forward by Clare Shea, and McGovern finished it for the Black Knights (3-8-1 overall, 1-3-0 Patriot League) to give them a 1-0 advantage just 5:41 into the contest.
Loyola had a 13-11 lead in shots during the contest, but Army West Point held the Greyhounds (2-9-0, 0-4-0) off the board.
“We played well today, but we were really unlucky in the final third of the field,” said Head Coach Naomi Meiburger. “Beth (Eversman) and Sarah (Ensor) were very good today, and with Casey (McKenzie), they were putting pressure on (Army). If we can keep doing that, we are bound to create more scoring chances.
Army snuffed out a scoring chance by Mary Theresa Corcoran in the 31st minute as Sydney Cassalia saved a header by the Loyola center back off a corner kick.
Early in the second half, the Black Knights looked to add to their lead, but Loyola goalkeeper Sumer Rahe made saves on three Army shots in the span of two minutes to keep it a one-goal margin.
The Black Knights had another flurry of opportunities in the 63rd and 64th minutes, starting with a Lizzy Harper shot that went off the crossbar. McGovern then had a shot attempt off a corner kick that was saved off the goal line by Loyola defender Nicole Rivas, and another McGovern shot sailed wide.
Cassalia made stops on shots by Julianna Cabrera and Ensor in the 65th and 72nd minutes, respectively, but Loyola continued to apply pressure. After the save on Ensor’s shot, a Mia Sardella header was saved, and Jen Moutenot had a shot blocked. Corcoran then had a shot saved off the rebound.
Two shots by Ensor were turned back, sandwiched around a Hannah Hoefs shot that was saved off the line by a defender.
Cassalia was credited with seven saves for Army, while Rahe had four for the Greyhounds.
Loyola returns to Ridley Athletic Complex for a Family Weekend match on Saturday, October 7, against College of the Holy Cross. The game is part of a Loyola soccer doubleheader as the men’s team hosts the Black Knights at 2:30 p.m.