Sept. 14, 2008
BALTIMORE - After a scoreless 51-plus minutes, Loyola and Indiana combined to score three times in less than 10 minutes, a span that saw the Hoosiers come out on top 2-1, a margin that would hold in a non-conference match Sunday afternoon on a hot and humid Diane Geppi-Aikens Field.
The Greyhounds (0-5-1) had more shots, 4-3, in the first half, but none of the seven shots provided either team with a solid scoring opportunity.
That tone changed quickly in the second half.
Indiana's Devon Beach took a ball off the foot of a Loyola defender, made a move to her right and drove a hard shot into the upper right corner of the goal at the 51:20 mark.
The Hoosiers quickly went on the attack again, and Christie Kotynski put a good head on the ball off a Chloe McKay corner kick, sending the ball just high of the goal.
Loyola took the ball in transition and controlled possession for much of the next five minutes.
After a long clearing ball from Indiana, the Greyhounds took possession on the Hoosiers end of the field. The ball came through to Lina Staropoli who took a few dribbles and sent a low pass to the far right side.
An Indiana defender came up with the ball, but Kelly Farrell played it, and took the ball away. She dribbled to the goal and launched a high, bending shot from 22-yards out that sailed over the head of Indiana goalkeeper Lauren Hollandsworth for her second goal of the season, tying the score at 1-1 60:56 into the match.
"Kelly just hit a beautiful ball," Loyola Head Coach Katherine Remy Vettori said. "It was a excellent job of challenging (Indiana's) defender and taking it from her, then scoring."
The tie did not last long, however, as Indiana went on the attack immediately.
Beach came in to the top of the box and hit a low hard shot from point blank range on Loyola goalkeeper Amanda Piccirilli.
Piccirilli made an athletic save, but the ball popped up in the air, and Liz Holby controlled its possession. With Beach and Piccirilli still tangled on the ground, Holby scored the game-winning goal at 61:31.
"We played very hard today, and we are going to convert some of our chances when we do that, but we didn't convert enough of them today," Vettori said. "It was a much better effort on our part today. Everyone played extremely hard and we challenged every ball."
Loyola had four good chances from that point, but none came to fruition.
Christina Gomez leapt above everyone else and put a header high of the goal off a direct kick in the 69th minute.
Farrell then had a hard shot blocked by an Indiana defender after a corner kick in the 75th minute.
The Greyhounds had two more opportunities in the final minutes, both off corner kicks. Loyola had nine corner kicks to Indiana's three in the match.
Ferraina bent a corner from the right side into the box, and Sarra Moller put a head on the ball, but it went high in the 83rd minute, and Farrell took a soft shot that went left in the 86th.
Piccirilli made two saves in her first action of the 2008 season. Loyola outshot Indiana, 10-8, but Farrell's goal was the only one on goal, and Hollandsworth did not make any saves.
The Greyhounds return to non-conference action on Sunday, September 21, when they travel to Lewisburg, Pa., and play at Bucknell.