Sept. 13, 2009
Richmond, Va. - The Loyola women's soccer team dropped a 5-0 decision to Eastern Michigan Sunday afternoon in the Greyhounds' second match of the VCU Tournament.
After the match, Loyola head coach Katherine Vettori emphasized the team's need to get back to basics in all aspects of the game.
Freshman midfielder Gianna Mangione was also the lone Greyhounds player to be named to the All-Tournament Team.
Ippolito was tested early and often in the first half, but held her own allowing just two goals, showing toughness by making several nice saves to keep the Greyhounds close.
Eastern Michigan took a 1-0 lead in the ninth minute with a goal by sophomore Chelsea Detrick. Detrick was set up by a long pass to the left from senior Deana Kinter to senior Ashley Rodrigues. Rodrigues then crossed it to Detrick for the score.
Kinter was involved again in EMU's goal in the 27th minute that gave the Eagles a 2-nil advantage. A shot by Kinter was knocked down and saved by Ippolito, but senior Carissa Wilson was right there for the rebound, punching it into the open net.
Two minutes later, Ippolito was involved in a collision with Chelsea Detrick, as the freshman keeper came out of the box to break up a potential breakaway.
Late in the first half, sophomore forward Joie McLaughlin came off the bench and immediately made her presence known with a near goal that went through the legs of an EMU defender, but was saved by EMU keeper Mona Budani. Five minutes later, McLaughlin unleashed another shot as she dribbled through several Eagles' defenders, but Budani was there again for the save.
The Eagles would add three more insurance goals in the second half.
In the 73rd minute, junior Lina Staropoli nearly added a goal on a free kick from just outside the box for the Greyhounds, but Budani again was able to come up with the save, preserving the shutout.
For the second straight game, but to no avail, Loyola outshot its opponent in the second half, but were not able to score.
EMU held a 19-17 shot advantage, and the Greyhounds took three corner kicks to the Eagles,' zero.
Ippolito recorded five saves for Loyola, while Budani made seven.
Loyola is back in action Friday, September 18, when the Greyhounds travel to American University in Washington, D.C. Kickoff at the Eagles' Reeves Athletic Complex is slated for 4:00 pm.