Another weekend, another goalless game for the Mount’s women’s soccer program.
The team faced two separate challenges over the weekend: two games against top Maryland programs in a tournament held in conjunction with the bicentennial celebrations for the Battle of Baltimore. The tournament, named after the battle itself, was hosted by Towson University and Loyola University.
The Mount dropped its first match of the tournament to U.M.B.C. 6-0. The team was routed thoroughly by the Retrievers in that game, but the fact that junior midfielder Emma Blair had broken the team’s six-game scoring drought by scoring its first goal of the season just three days before against Bucknell at least showed progress.
Fortunately, the Mount offered a stronger performance against Loyola, who only scored two goals in the first half against the Mountaineers. The first came courtesy of the Greyhounds’ Maddie Boccio, who scored off of a diving deflection by Mount keeper Rachel Bourne in the eighth minute.
Poor defensive execution led to the second goal when Loyola blocked a ball that was supposed to be cleared by the Mount defense. The redirected kick then rolled behind the Mount’s defensive line and was transferred into the net after a breakaway and shot by forward Jessica Van Dyke. Down two goals after the twentieth minute, the Lady Mountaineers eventually went into halftime down by the same score.
Coach Tom Gosselin’s team settled down in the second half, and a chance to cut Loyola’s lead came at the 30-minute mark when keeper Colleen Folan saved Mount forward Alicia Mirando’s shot. The ball bounced off the hands of Folan into the possession of Emma Blair, who rocketed a shot that hit the post and moved back to the original side of the net. Senior midfielder Cara Deegan attempted to slide at the ball, but was unable to collect it.
The Mount ended up taking more shots on goal in the second half, trumping Loyola 9-5, but was not able to score. The last close chance came off a free kick from Brinley Watts, which grazed the head of Jordan Fine but sailed past the end line. Vicky Cocozza made three saves in goal during the second half, taking away a few close opportunities from Loyola.
The loss was bitter, but the Mount did earn recognition for their participation: two defenders, Nicole Vallely and Cia Makrigiorgos, were named to the All-Tournament squad for their work on the Mount’s back line.