Aug. 30, 2009
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- The Loyola women's soccer team put up a strong fight against No. 26 Wake Forest Sunday afternoon, but couldn't quite hold on as the Greyhounds fell 2-1 to the Demon Deacons.
"Wake Forest is a very well-coached team, and they are extremely athletic and technical," said head coach Katherine Vettori. "We came ready for that, and we played very hard today. We played great team defense."
Loyola (2-1-0) battled a tough, undefeated Wake Forest (4-0-0) team that had allowed just one goal in its first three games and was averaging four goals per game offensively. The Deacons struck first with a goal on a free kick by Lindsey Holman-Kelley in the ninth minute.
"Kelly Thomas served a beautiful ball into the box. There was some chaos in the box, but Tessa came out there there with the ball and finished it off," Vettori said.
Brittany Henderson and the Loyola defense helped limit opportunities in the rest of the first half. Henderson came up with three saves on the day.
"Brittany Henderson had a great game," Vettori said. "She came up with some big time saves."
The Greyhounds' defense pressed hard in the second half but the Deacons managed to break through with another goal in the 64th minute.
"Our goal was to defend hard," Vettori said. "We wanted to keep possession with our first passes, then go forward. The plan was to limit their shots and outside shots at that. For the most part, we did that."
Thomas looked to tie it up right after Wake's second goal with another corner kick, but couldn't come up with another one. Loyola managed just one shot in the second period.
"Both of Kelly's corner kicks were perfect, and we almost had another goal off the second," Vettori said.
The Greyhounds conclude their four-game road trip Tuesday with a 7 p.m. contest against Maryland in College Park, before coming home on Sept. 4, to face Boston University on Diane Geppi-Aikens Field.