Sept. 12, 2008
BALTIMORE - Loyola managed more shots, 11-7, than visiting Virginia Commonwealth, but the Rams put all but one of their shots on goal and defeated the Greyhounds, 3-0, amidst steady rain at Diane Geppi-Aikens Field.
Stephanie Power scored a goal and assisted on another to lead the Rams (1-4-0).
The Greyhounds had the first good chance of the game in the 14th minute when Theresa Ferraina broke free of the Rams' defense near the top of the box. The shot slipped off the wet turf, however, and squirted wide right of the goal.
Virginia Commonwealth got on the board first as Julie Hartman took the ball down the right side and dribbled to the top-right corner of the box. Her shot slid low, left-to-right, and past the outstretched arms of Loyola goalkeeper Brittany Henderson.
Loyola (0-4-1) had an opportunity in the 22nd minute when Kelly Thomas took a direct kick from 15 yards out, but it went wide left.
After Henderson saved a strong shot by Michelle Schuler in the 26th minute, the Rams capitalized on their next opportunity.
Following a corner kick that was knocked out by the Loyola defense, Power collected the ball at the top right side of the box and dropped a shot to Megan Flanagan low on the right side.
Flanagan bent her shot into the right side of the goal, giving Virginia Commonwealth a 2-0 advantage.
The Greyhounds came on the attack right away, as Christina Gomez had a shot from 12 yards out blocked by a Rams defender, and Thomas's follow-up shot was saved by Lauren Hardison.
In the 31st minute, Lina Staropoli drove a shot from left-to-right, and Hardison made a full-extension save, knocking the ball out of bounds and away from harm.
Kelly Farrell opened the second half for Loyola with a shot in the 50th minute that sailed wide left, but Virginia Commonwealth connected on its first shot. Power picked up a loose ball on the right side and scored from 14 yards out.
Loyola's Sarra Moller appeared to have a header going towards goal off a Ferraina corner kick in the 66th minute, but it was blocked by a defender and rolled over the endline.
The Greyhounds also had more corner kicks, 6-1, than the Rams.
Loyola continues its homestand on Sunday, September 14, when it hosts Indiana at 12 p.m.