Aug. 23, 2009
EMMITTSBURG, Md. - Freshman midfielder Tessa McClenahan's first goal of her collegiate career helped lift Loyola (1-0) to a season-opening win over Mount St. Mary's (0-1) at Waldron Family Stadium Sunday afternoon.
McClenahan got the Greyhounds on the board in the 58th minute, connecting on a cross by graduate student Theresa Ferraina. Mount St. Mary's goalkeeper Alicia Miller was tripped up as McClenahan made the run to score.
Ferraina's assist was the 13th of her career, and moved her into a tie for 10th place all-time. The midfielder also moved into a tie for eighth all-time with 49 career points.
"T (Theresa Ferraina) took the ball end line on the right side, and she crossed it back to Tessa. She made a run into the box and hit it first-time for a goal," said Loyola head coach Katherine Vettori.
Loyola held the advantage throughout the contest out-shooting the Mount 21-5 and 13-3 in shots on goal, but Miller came through in the clutch for the Mount notching 12 saves.
"(Mount's) keeper had a great game, and she came up with some big saves," Vettori said. "We created a lot of opportunities, but we didn't finish them."
Ferraina led the charge with five shots, three on the net, and junior midfielder Kelly Farrell followed with four shots, two on goal.
Strong defense limited Mount St. Mary's to just one shot in the first half. The Mount didn't get a shot off until the 46th minute and then failed to get another for almost 20 minutes. Brittany Henderson saved all three shots on goal.
"Heather Cooke had a great game defensively. She was very tough, and that helped us get some rhythm," Vettori said. "T had a great second half with Nichole Schiro, and our back line sorted some things out and all played well."
The win was the Greyhounds' first in a season-opener since they emerged victorious on August 26, 2005, by way of a 4-2 defeat of East Carolina.