Rahe Backstops Women’s Soccer To 0-0 Tie With Holy Cross
BALTIMORE - Loyola University Maryland goalkeeper Sumer Rahe tied her career-high with eight saves Saturday afternoon, and she made several other key plays on loose balls to preserve a 0-0 tie against College of the Holy Cross in Patriot League action at Ridley Athletic Complex.
Rahe’s clean sheet was her third of the season, and her eight saves tied her prior best from last month at the U.S. Naval Academy.
“Sumer did a great job for us today, making some big saves, and our defense had a good performance to give us a shutout,” said Naomi Meiburger, Loyola’s head coach. “Both teams defended well and did what they needed to do to keep the other team off the board.”
Loyola (2-9-1 overall, 0-3-1 Patriot League) had a one-shot advantage, 14-13, against the Crusaders (2-7-3, 0-3-2), but the Greyhounds had an 11-7 lead in the statistical category after the opening 45 minutes.
Holy Cross’ third shot of the game led to one of Rahe’s best plays in the contest. Jenna Barnes was bearing down on the goal for a one-on-one chance, but Rahe came off her line to slide and deny the shot opportunity.
On the playout of a corner kick, the Loyola defense came up big as Mia Sardella cleared a Caitlin Harty shot off the line to keep the game scoreless. Less than four minutes later, it was Claire Beath’s turn to put up a solid defensive play for the Greyhounds. Barnes turned a ball in at the corner of the box and had a path to the goal, but Beath stepped to the play and cleared it away from danger.
The teams went into halftime scoreless with Holy Cross holding a 6-3 advantage in shots, but it was Loyola that dominated the offensive chances in the second 45 minutes.
The Greyhounds’ top chance came 12 minutes into the stanza as Casey McKenzie and Beth Eversman played give-and-go on the right side of the pitch. McKenzie sent it wide to Eversman who crossed it right back. McKenzie got a touch on the ball, turned and delivered a hard shot past Crusaders goalkeeper Caroline Cashion, but it slipped just right and into the side of the net.
Alyssa Bonnesen had another quality opportunity for Loyola in the 75th minute when she gained control out of a loose-ball scramble at the top of the box and struck a hard left-footed shot that went just over the crossbar.
After the game went to overtime, Julianna Cabrera had a shot saved by Cashion in the 92nd minute, and it was then Rahe who came up big in the 97th minute. Emily George had time-and-room at the top-right of the box, but Rahe knocked down her shot for a save, and the teams went to a second overtime period knotted at 0-0.
Early in that frame, Molly O’Brien played a ball forward into space for Loyola. Eversman made a strong attempt to make a connection, but the ball ran just out of reach, and Cashion slide onto it before a shot could be taken.
Less than two minutes later, a Crusaders’ cross bounced into the box, but they could not get a shot before Rahe corralled the loose ball. She did the same thing four minutes thereafter to keep the game scoreless.
With under a minute to go in the match, Holy Cross’ Ang Seslija took a 35-yard free kick that Rahe punched away. Samantha Peters took a shot for the Crusaders, but it was blocked away by Beath.
The Greyhounds are back in action in just two days when they close their non-conference schedule at 6 p.m. on Monday, October 9, with a match at Delaware State University.
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