Sept. 7, 2007
BLACKSBURG, Va. - Loyola College scored twice in the first nine minutes of the match, and a solid defensive effort made the goals stand up for a 2-1 victory over #24 Wake Forest at the Hawthorn Suites Hokie Invitational hosted by Virginia Tech University.
The Greyhounds (1-2) got their first scoring chance in the fourth minute, as Lina Staropoli took a breakaway off a long pass, but she was tripped in the box by Demon Deacon goalkeeper Laura Morse.
Morse received a yellow card, and Christina Gomez buried the penalty kick to give Loyola a 1-0 advantage.
Kinealy took the ball inside the 18-yard box and chipped the ball from left-to-right over the head of Morse for the Greyhounds' second goal.
Although Wake Forest (2-2) outshot the Greyhounds, 9-4 in the first half, Loyola's other two scoring chances almost amounted to goals. Theresa Ferraina just missed wide right of the goal in the 19th minute, and Gomez had a shot blocked in the 22nd.
Loyola again had good opportunities to score in the second half, the first coming on a Ferraina shot just 1:51 after halftime.
Ferraina was on a breakaway in the 61st minute when she was tripped by Wake Forest's Nichole Zecznar. After a yellow was assessed to Zecnar, Gomez blasted a free kick around the Demon Deacons' wall, and it bounced off Ashley Burney, who replaced Morse in goal for the second half. The ball was free in the box, but Loyola could not get a shot off the rebound.
The Demon Deacons pulled to within a goal in the 82nd minute when Sarah Winslow scored off an assist by Kaley Fountain.
Wake Forest had four shots before the end of the game, but the Demon Deacons could not score the equalizer. Samantha Germano banged a shot off the post, and Amanda Lebo had one blocked.
Loyola goalkeeper Brittany Henderson then made two great saves in the final three minutes. Germano blasted a shot from point-blank range, but Henderson stopped it.
Lebo then dropped a corner kick into the box, and Caitlin Farrell headed the ball toward the goal. Henderson knocked it away, and Amanda Meehan cleared it out for the Greyhounds.
Wake Forest held a 19-6 advantage in shots and a 8-0 lead in corner kicks. Henderson, however, made nine saves in goal for the Greyhounds, while Morse and Burney combined for only two.
Loyola continues action at the invitational on Sunday when it plays the host Hokies at 4 p.m.