La Salle Edges Women's Soccer, 2-1

Sept. 5, 2008


VILLANOVA, Pa. - La Salle scored twice in less than two minutes to rally from a one-goal deficit and defeat Loyola, 2-1, Friday afternoon in the first game of the Villanova Classic.

The Explorers (3-0-0) scored the game-tying goal in the 78th minute when Alex Conley passed a ball from left-to-right, and Dana O'Brien headed the ball into the goal.

Less than two minutes later, La Salle received a penalty kick after the Greyhounds (0-3-0) were whistled for a foul in the box. Melanie Gamble converted the penalty kick for the eventual game-winning goal.

Loyola dominated the first half, outshooting La Salle, 11-3, and holding the Explorers without a shot on goal.

Kristina Balfoort gave the Greyhounds a 1-0 advantage in the 36th minute. Lina Staropoli crossed a ball from the left side, and Balfoort's strong header found the back of the net for her first goal of the season.

"The outcome was disappointing, but I thought we made a lot of progress in the way that we played," Head Coach Katherine Vettori said. "We played brilliantly in the first half, but we did not convert on our opportunities in the second half."

Loyola finished with a 15-12 advantage in shots, but La Salle's Melissa Sanger made five saves in goal.

The Greyhounds finish play in the Classic on Sunday when they take on San Diego State. The game has been moved to Eastern University in nearby Saint David's, Pa., at 12 p.m. due to the impending weather.