NEWARK, Del. – Blue Hen senior captain Shannon Kearney (at bottom right) scored her second goal of the game 6:16 into the first overtime period to give the University of Delaware women’s soccer team a thrilling 2-1 victory over Loyola (Md.) Friday night during the team’s home opener at UD Mini-Stadium.

Delaware, which had opened the year with three narrow one-goal defeats on the road, picked up its first win while improving to 1-3 on the young season.

The Blue Hens jumped in front just 11:35 into the contest when freshman Natalie Zelenky (at left) scored her first career goal on a header off a cross from the right side. Nikki Adams and Emily Market each picked up their first assists of the campaign on Zelenky’s marker.

The Greyhounds pulled even at the 37:09 mark of the opening half when Nicole Wahlig collected a rebound and found the back of the net to knot the contest at 1-1. Nicole Wojcik and Maddie Boccio recorded assists on the goal, which was Wahlig’s first of the campaign.

The game remained tied until just over midway through the first overtime session, when Kearney took a feed from Zelenky and beat Loyola (Md.) goalkeeper Didi Haracic for the game-winner. The goal was Kearney’s first of the season and eighth of her career as she gave the Blue Hens the dramatic victory.

Delaware goalkeeper Jessica Levy made three saves while going the distance to earn her first victory, while Haracic stopped 10 shots in the Greyhounds goal.

“It was a great win tonight,” said Delaware head coach Scott Grzenda. “We finally figured out how we needed to play. I’m very proud of all our players and I hope we continue our progress on Sunday. The Georgetown game will be a great test. What a great opportunity to play the number 13 team in the country.”

Hen Scratchings

• Kearney recorded her third career game-winning goal and her first since 2010
• The contest marked the Blue Hens’ first overtime game of the season
• Zelenky notched her first career goal and assist to tally her first collegitate mulit-point game
• The Blue Hens out-shot Loyola (Md.), 20-6
• The Greyhounds recorded six of the game’s nine corner kicks
• The Blue Hens are back on the road at Georgetown on Sunday for a 4 p.m. match