CENTER VALLEY, Pa. – Following a pair of wins last week, Loyola University Maryland women’s soccer players Mia Sardella and Casey McKenzie were recognized with a pair of Patriot League Awards on Monday.
Sardella earned the conference’s Midfielder of the Year honor, while McKenzie picked up Rookie of the Week recognition. Additionally, Jourdan Ziff was tabbed to the Patriot League Weekly Honor Roll.
Sardella played a key role on both the offensive and defensive ends of the field for the Greyhounds in the victories. Julianna Cabrera scored off a Sardella free kick in the 35th minute, leading to Loyola’s first game of the contest in a 3-2 win over the Hawks.
She also came up big on the defensive end Saturday as the Greyhounds defeated the U.S. Naval Academy for the first time since 1994. Sardella was tasked with defending Navy midfielder Clare MacAdam, the Midshipmen’s leading scorer with six goals and 16 points entering the match. MacAdam did not score a goal in the Greyhounds’ win.
McKenzie continued to provide Loyola with a strong offensive spark off the bench, and she cashed in with three points Saturday against Navy. The freshman took a run down the left side of the field and crossed a ball to Ziff in the box. She turned and scored Loyola’s first goal of the game, a play that resulted in McKenzie’s first career assist.
Navy would rally to tie the score at 1-1 later in the second half, but McKenzie provided the heroics in the second overtime period. Alice Regan sent a ball to McKenzie outside of the box, and she one-touched it to Ziff who immediate played it back to McKenzie. She beat her defender and sent a shot wide of Navy goalkeeper Dayton Wetherby for the game-winner in the 105th minute of action.
Ziff earned honor roll recognition, as well, for tallying a goal and an assist versus Navy in her first action of September after missing time due to an injury.
The Greyhounds continue Patriot League play on Wednesday, Sept. 28, when they travel to Washington, D.C., for a 4 o’clock game at American University.