BALTIMORE – UMBC women's soccer dropped its Battle of Baltimore opener to Loyola, 2-0, on Friday night at Retriever Soccer Park. The Greyhounds' senior midfielder Rosy Hayes registered both of the game's goals en route to the victory.
The Retrievers drop their third straight to fall to 1-5-1 on the season, while Loyola earns its second straight win to improve to 2-4-0.
Loyola struck early, scoring off its first corner of the game less than five minutes in. Freshman midfielder Julianna Cabrera served the corner kick to the top of the box for Hayes. The senior finished the first shot of the game out of reach of UMBC goalkeeper Mikayla Krinetz (Annapolis, Md./Broadneck) 3:12 into the contest.
The two teams played even throughout the remainder of the opening half, combining for four shots in the opening 45 minutes of play.
The Retrievers continued to look for the equalizer in the second half, tallying four of their six shots in the period. Red-shirt junior Alexa Quaranta (Baltimore, Md./Perry Hall) looked for her first score of the season following a pass from freshman midfielder Karen Aye (Columbia, Md./St. John's College) that gave her a step on her defenders, but Loyola goalkeeper Colleen Folan snagged up her fourth save of the night to preserve the lead with 19 minutes remaining in the contest.
The Greyhounds gained some breathing room in the 83rd minute as a pass from junior forward Jess Soldiviero slipped through to Hayes, who netted her fourth goal of the year with a defender on her heels, this one just past the fingertips of a diving Krinetz.
A deflection with a little over three minutes left in the game looked to have given the Retrievers a golden opportunity, but an offsides call negated a Destinee Morris (La Plata, Md./La Plata) shot that ended up in the back of the net.
NEXT UP FOR THE RETRIEVERS: UMBC travels to Mount St. Mary's on Sunday, Sept. 13 for the conclusion of the Battle of Baltimore. Game time is set for 2:30 p.m. at Waldron Family Stadium.
-Towson defeated Mount St. Mary's, 4-0, in game one of Battle of Baltimore.
-Freshman Mikayla Krinetz earned the first start of her collegiate career.