The American University women's soccer team tallied 12 shots on the day, but could not find the equalizing goal as it fell 2-1 to Loyola (Md.) on Sunday afternoon at Reeves Field.
"It was disappointing, we did not come out with the right mentality for the first 30 minutes," said Head Coach Dave Buccerio. "I thought the players that went on in the last 15 minutes [of the first half] gave us a boost and we got a goal back...We didn't do enough to win the game and that's disappointing."
American (1-6-1) went on the offensive early in the 12th minute when Carleigh Morba's shot glanced wide past the left post.
Loyola (Md.) (4-1-2) responded and in the 24th minute took a 1-0 lead when Charlotte Miller slipped a pass from the right wing into the box, allowing Nichole Schiro to tap in the first goal of the game past Charlene Belanger.
The Greyhounds controlled the majority of play in the first half and were able to find the net for the second time off a corner kick. Tessa McClenahan headed the cross over the Eagles defense for the score and 2-0 lead.
Two minutes later, Michelle Montilio scored her second goal of the season on a header off a corner from Michaela Cowgill. Montilio almost had another goal before halftime, but her header sailed wide over the crossbar as American trailed 2-1 at the intermission.
The momentum of the game went back and forth in the second half as Loyola (Md.) and American had multiple chances to score again. Jasmine Mohandesi's shot off an Eagles' corner was saved by goalkeeper Didi Haracic as Loyola (Md.) was able to hold on for the 2-1 victory.
Loyola (Md.) held a 15 to 12 shot advantage as both goalies had four saves in the match.
The Eagles will finish their five-game homestand this Friday, September 14 when they face Howard at 4 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on Eagles Vision TV