The Greyhounds' women's soccer team dropped a 3-0 decision to the Rams Friday night at VCU's Sports Backers Stadium. Despite the defeat, Head Coach Katherine Vettori was pleased with the team's effort.
"Overall, I was very pleased with the effort tonight even though the score does not reflect the way we played," said Vettori. "In the second half, we came out, we played really hard, and we out-shot them (Rams) in the second half. We did create some chances," added the second year head coach.
Down, 1-0, with just 15:33 remaining in regulation, senior goalkeeper Brittany Henderson received a red card for committing a foul outside of the box as the team's last defender. At that point, freshman goalkeeper Danielle Ippolito was sent between the posts for the first time in her career, as Vettori also gambled, pushing the midfielders up.
Playing a man down with Henderson out, Loyola allowed a goal by June Hartman, 37 seconds later, as VCU extended its lead to two.
"VCU had some tremendous athletes that took advantage when we pushed the midfielders forward," added Vettori.
Azania gave the Rams the early, 1-0 lead at the 9:31 mark. Jasmine Riley dribbled down the left sideline and passed it to Amanda Adams, who tipped the ball to Azania for the score.
The score remained close at 1-0 for the remainder of the half thanks to some strong defense by senior goalkeeper Brittany Henderson and the back line.
Loyola nearly tied the game at one off a corner kick, early in the second half, which Heather Cooke and the Greyhounds thought they had.
Sarah McAulay would add another goal with 7:35 remaining to make the score, 3-0, in favor of the Rams.
Overall, VCU (2-3-0) outshot Loyola, 9-8, but the Greyhounds held a 4-3 advantage on corner kicks.
Loyola (3-3-1) is back on action Sunday when they take on Eastern Michigan in both teams' second game of the VCU Tournament. Kickoff at Sports Backers Stadium is slated for 1:00 pm and can be followed online at www.vcuathletics.com. The Eagles (3-1-1) defeated Richmond, 1-0 earlier Friday afternoon.