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Late Colgate goals sink Hounds, 2-1

Sophomore Jourdan Ziff scored her fourth goal of the year against Colgate.

Sophomore Jourdan Ziff scored her fourth goal of the year against Colgate.

Two goals in the final 20 minutes by Colgate sunk the Loyola women’s soccer team on Saturday evening at Ridley Athletic Complex. Loyola held a lead for 60 minutes, but couldn’t score more than their one early goal as they fell to the Raiders 2-1.

Jourdan Ziff got loose of a defender and dribbled into the box from 30 yards out before running a shot past Kelly Chiavaro in the 12th minute of the game. Despite being out-shot 5-3 in the first half, Loyola was able to maintain their lead well into the second half.

It was only the second shot of the game, Ziff’s shot was. Loyola has the first as well, taken by Maddie Boccio, but Chiavaro saved that one.

After the goal, Colgate was able to turn the game around with a length possession that included multiple quick shots. Colgate had three shots in a three-minute span. However, as the first two were wide and the third one was blocked, the Greyhounds maintained their lead.

Colgate nearly equalized in the 37th minute of the game. Off a corner kick Sophie Lederer got a shot off, but Loyola goalkeeper Sumer Rahe was in position for the save. Rahe couldn’t keep the ball, however, and it remained in the box with Colgate in possession. Leah Lewis took a close shot with Rahe our of position, but the Greyhound defender got in the game to keep it out of the goal.

Loyola had one more strong opportunity in the 43rd minute to double their lead, but Beth Eversman’s header went wide. Shortly after Abby Sotomayor separated herself inside the box and appeared to be one-on-one with Rahe, but Nicole Walig came from the side and cleared the ball away from danger.

“Our defense really did a great job tonight,” Loyola head coach Naomi Meiburger said. “The two goals [Colgate scored] were set pieces, really. Nicole (Walig) and Mary (Corcoran) really shut thigns down against their two forwards who are probably the top two forwards in the conference, and Sumer was great in goal.”

It wasn’t until the 72nd minute before the Raiders finally got on the board, but that goal gave Colgate the spark they needed for the victory. Sarah Coy set up for a corner kick and served the ball into the box. Eliza Doll re-directed the ball to Sotomayor in the air and she headed it into the goal.

Just over six minutes later, Loyola was called for a foul in the box and Lederer stepped up to take the penalty kick. She struck it low into the middle of the game. Rahe got a piece of the ball but it was deflected into the goal.

Two minutes later Rahe was needed to make another save to prevent the Raiders from doubling their lead, but while she got to it, Loyola was unable to get an equalizer. Loyola had three corner kicks in the final six minutes of the game, but couldn’t score on any of them.

Despite the loss and falling to 1-4-3 in conference play, Loyola is still alive when it comes to gaining one of the six spots in the Patriot League Championships. However, they must beat Holy Cross to get nine points in the league standings and need Army to lose out and Lafayette to gain no more than one points from their final two games.

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You could say Corey was born to become a sports journalist. His father won a national championship coaching college soccer. His mother is a baseball fanatic who hasn't missed seeing an Orioles game since 1983 (literally, sometimes it's annoying). His great uncle was a big-time boxing promoter and his maternal grandfather was once a department head at the Baltimore Sun. Basically, sports and journalism run through his blood. He played just about every little league sports there was when he was a kid and was a multi-sport athlete in high school; even playing in the first-ever high school sanction Rugby game in the country. Eventually he retired from sports as an undefeated Maryland state Rugby champion as a high school senior. Perhaps lack of athletic talent has more to do with the retirement, but he will tell you that it more had to do with a great desire to jump right into media. Upon his graduation from University of Maryland, Baltimore County as a triple communications major, Corey started the So Much Sports network and has continued to grow his websites and continues to work to make them premier sports media outlets.

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