NORFOLK, Va. – The Loyola women’s soccer team closed out their non-conference schedule with a 1-1 tie at Old Dominion University Sunday afternoon at the ODU Soccer Stadium. With the victory, the Greyhounds finished the non-conference portion of their schedule with a 4-4-2 record.
Head Coach Katherine Vettori was very pleased with outcome of today’s game and the way the Greyhounds finished up the early portion of their schedule. “ ODU and American are very quality opponents,” said Vettori. “I was very proud of them finishing out with a tie this weekend. The fact that we finished our non-conference schedule at 4-4-2 is quite an accomplishment, considering that eight of those games were on the road. We had a rough weekend last weekend, but we bounced back this weekend. They really fought, and fought together.”
Graduate student forward Theresa Ferraina put the Greyhounds on the board at 59:54, giving Loyola a 1-0 lead. Junior Lina Staropoli and freshman Nichole Schiro were both credited with assists after a combination pass to Ferraina. This score was Ferraina’s third of the season and Schiro’s second assist.
Vettori, Loyola's second year head coach, was also full of praise on Schiro after scoring a goal and adding an assist this weekend. “ She’s very athletic, she’s fast and she’s strong. She creates a lot with the defense that she plays. And she’s very good in the air so she’s definitely added a different dimension athletically to the team.”
The Monarchs (4-4-1) tied the match three minutes later on a goal by Aubrie Ewell.
Loyola twice came dangerously close to taking the game late in regulation, as shots by juniors Kelly Farrell and Kelly Thomas hit the posts. With just a couple minutes left to play, Farrell headed a ball off the post from a pass from Kelly Thomas. Thomas also came close to delivering with nine seconds remaining as her free kick hit the crossbar and came down.
Through the first half of play, the match stayed scoreless as both teams recorded four shots. ODU held a 2-1 advantage on corner kicks.
The second half saw more offense, not just on the scoreboard, but also with shots as 15 shots (Loyola – 7) were taken between the two teams.
Senior Brittany Henderson made three saves in regulation and two more in each overtime period to preserve the tie.
ODU goalkeeper Bri Alvarado recorded two saves in the match.
The Greyhounds open conference play on the road as they travel to Niagara University to take on the Purple Eagles Friday, September 25 at 7:00 pm. Two days later, Loyola will travel to Buffalo, N.Y. as they take on the Golden Griffins of Canisius University Sunday, September 27, at 1:00 pm.