Freshman Raven Edwards’ equalizer at the 83rd minute saved the Seawolves as a shot from freshman Stella Norman got into Loyola’s goal after deflecting on Edwards’ back.
The Stony Brook women’s soccer team kept its unbeaten run at home this season with the score of 1-1 in a game with Loyola University on Friday.
“I’m proud of our team for our resiliency,” said Sue Ryan, Stony Brook’s women’s soccer coach. “I think it takes a lot, after you down, to come back and then keep fighting this kind of game.”
The Seawolves were not threatening in the first half, allowing Loyola to have five shots on the goal. While the Seawolves did not have many opportunities, Loyola had several. The Greyhounds’ two forwards, Nichole Schiro and Charlotte Miller, bothered the Seawolves’ defenders.
At the 24th minute, Greyhound Kelsey Donohue had a chance after Seawloves’ junior goalkeeper Ashley Castanio blocked Gigi Mangione’s shot. Castanio caught the rebounded ball first before Donohue finished her chance.
However, over time, Stony Brook retrieved its pace. At the 31st minute, freshman midfielder Tessa Devereaux scored on a header, but the referee announced it as offside. After that, the Seawolves had four more chances but could not finish them all. Freshman Kristen Baker’s shot hit the bar, and senior Sa’sha Kershaw and Devereaux’s shots were off-target.
Sophomore Shannon Grogan also had a chance with a few seconds left in the first half but failed to score. Stony Brook also had a bad start in the second half. At the 46th minute, Greyhound Katelyn McFadden scored the opening goal at the top of the box as her shot got in the bottom left corner.
However, the score did not discourage the Seawolves; instead, Stony Brook played better after getting scored against. Senior forward Taryn Schoenbeck led Seawolves in offense. At the 58th minute, she passed the ball to Devereaux at the left box, but her shot hit the left side of Loyola’s goal.
Freshman Raven Edwards also missed a chance at 80th minute in front of the goal, which junior Larissa Nysch made after getting past two Greyhounds’ defenders.
As Edwards’ equalizer sent the match into overtime, both sides made several chances but failed to finish them. Castanio made two of seven saves she made in the game.
Head coach Ryan described the game as a difficult one.
“This whole game was a dog fight,” she said. “I think we matched their physicality pretty well, which was very positive, and it was a fair result.”