Sept. 1, 2009
COLLEGE PARK, MD - After leading 1-0 at halftime, the Loyola women's soccer team gave up three goals in the first seven minutes of the second half and fell to the Maryland Terrapins, 5-2 Tuesday night at the Terrapins' Ludwig Field. The loss evens the Greyhounds' record at 2-2 while the Terps remain unbeaten at 4-0.
"They (The Terrapins) were extremely athletic, very technical, very well coached, and they just dominated us the second half," said second-year head coach Katherine Vettori.
Graduate student Theresa Ferraina gave Loyola an early lead as she took advantage of an empty net in the 12th minute for her second goal of the season. The score was Ferraina's 20th of her career and puts her alone in 6th place on the Greyhounds' all-time goals list. Her two points also moves her alone into fifth on the all-time points list with 54.
Loyola held on to the lead for the remainder of the half as senior goalkeeper Brittany Henderson made three saves while Maryland attempted 13 shots in the first half.
The second half was a different story as the Terrapins took 15 shots, five that turned into goals.
Despite giving up five goals in the second half, coach Vettori was very pleased with Henderson's overall performance after she matched her season saves total with eight tonight.
"Brittany had an incredible game; they took 28 shots on us," said Vettori. "Brittany Henderson came up huge, she made incredible saves and she looked great tonight."
Five minutes into the second half, Maryland went on to score a pair of goals in 42 seconds to take a 2-1 lead.
That advantage was shortly lived as the Greyhounds fought back to tie game as senior midfielder Christina Gomez pumped in her first goal of the season, 45 seconds later. Junior back Kelly Thomas was credited with the assist on the play as her free kick was deflected to Gomez who punched it in.
Within a minute, Maryland recovered as Sade Ayinde scored her second goal of the game, just over two minutes after her first score to take a 3-2 lead.
Maryland would add two more insurance goals later in the half to take the non-conference matchup, 5-2.
Loyola returns to action Friday, September 4, when it hosts Boston University as part of a men's and women's soccer doubleheader at Diane Gebbi-Aikens Field. The men will take on Mount St. Mary's at 2:00 pm, while kickoff for the women's game is slated for 5:00 pm.