Towson Outlasts Women's Soccer For 1-0 Win
TOWSON, Md. - Loyola University Maryland did not allow Towson University to get off a shot in the second half, but the Tigers' goal in the second minute of action stood up for a 1-0 non-conference decision Sunday afternoon.
Towson (1-0-1 overall) scored on a counterattack just 78 seconds into the game when McKenzie McCaull set a ball into the box where Evelyn Neidert was positioned to finish with a chip into the net.
The Tigers would go on to outshoot Loyola, 4-1 in the first half, but the Greyhounds (0-2-0) would turn the script in the second half.
"(The second half) was as well as we've played in two games this year, and it was some of the best soccer we've played since I've been here," said fourth-year head coach Naomi Meiburger. "Towson got a goal early, and that was unfortunate, but I thought we played with great energy and great effort."
Loyola put pressure on immediately in the 47th minute as Maddie Hart crossed a ball to Jourdan Ziff on the right side. Ziff dribbled by a defender and left a pass off for Hannah Hoefs near the top left of the 18. Hoefs struck a hard shot, but it sailed just over the crossbar and the score remained 1-0 Towson.
Less than 10 minutes later, Sarah Ensor crossed a ball from left-to-right to Ziff, and she gave to Julianna Cabrera for a strong shot that was blocked and eventually saved by Towson goalkeeper Taylor Sebolao.
With 17 minutes left in regulation, the Greyhounds had another good chance started by a long ball played forward by Mary Theresa Corcoran. Ensor ran onto it and her hustle led to three successive corners.
Loyola had seven corner kicks in the second half and an 8-3 advantage in that statistical category overall.
The Greyhounds took another strong effort at the goal in the final minute of play as Kate Reese let a ball run, and she went past her defender. She crossed it inside 13 yards of the goal, but Sebolao scooped it up before Loyola could register a shot.
Shots finished tied four each with Loyola registering all three of the attempts in the final 45 minutes. Sebolao made three saves for Towson, while Sumer Rahe had a pair for Loyola, including one on a point-blank header in the last minute of the first half.
Loyola returns to Ridley Athletic Complex on Thursday, August 24, when it hosts Seton Hall at 6 p.m. Thursday is Movie Night at Loyola with all fans receiving free admission and an invitation to watch "Trolls" on the field postgame.