Ferraina Scores Tying Goal, Assists On Another, As Women's Soccer Ties Bucknell

Sept. 21, 2008


LEWISBURG, Pa. - Loyola College senior forward Theresa Ferraina scored the game-tying goal with just over 10 minutes left in regulation, and the Greyhounds tied host Bucknell, 2-2, in a non-conference match on Sunday afternoon.

The Bison (4-3-2) took a 2-0 lead in the first 33 minutes, but Loyola chipped away and controlled much of the second half and overtime.

"We took 17 shots (total in the match), and we kept going at them when we were down," Head Coach Katherine Vettori said. "Our defense had two breakdowns in the first half, but we got it back together, and we really took it to them."

Ferraina helped Loyola (0-5-2) start its comeback as part of a goal by Kristina Balfoort.

The Greyhounds took possession of a ball and made several passes before getting it to Ferraina. She served a pass into Balfoort near the six-yard box. She put a volley into the upper right corner of the box in the 39th minute to pull Loyola within a goal of the Bison (4-3-2).

"Bal's goal was brilliant," Vettori said. "We had a series of almost 10 passes in a row, and `T' gave her a great pass. `Bal' hit a perfect volley from about six yards out."

Bucknell outshot Loyola 7-6 in the first half, and 15-11 in regulation, but the Greyhounds started to control possession on its offensive half late in the game.

The strong play paid off in the 79th minute. Kelly Farrell took a ball on the right side and played it diagonally across the field to Lea Day who ran it down and beat her defender.

Day carried the ball to the endline, and she then crossed it to Ferraina who was posted at the corner of the six-yard box. Ferraina struck a low shot into the net to tie the match at 2-2.

From that point, Loyola had several offensive chances, and goalkeeper Amanda Piccirilli and the Greyhounds' defense kept the score tied.

Less than three minutes after Ferraina's game-tying goal, Christa Matlack hit a strong shot that was blocked and sent over the endline by a Greyhounds defender.

After the ensuing corner kick, Jennifer Dervarics put a shot on goal that was saved by Piccirilli.

Casey Crowley had a shot go wide for Bucknell in the 86th minute, and Loyola had the last shot of regulation. Brittany Henderson, playing in the first for the first time in her collegiate career, missed high with just over two minutes left.

In the first overtime, Day slid a shot wide, and Ferraina had one saved by Kathryn Sutton.

Matlack had a high shot fall harmlessly over the goal early in the second overtime one what would be Bucknell's final shot of the match. Loyola took four shots in the last eight minutes.

Christina Gomez put one wide, as did Ferraina. Henderson then had a header off a cross saved by Sutton.

Kelly Thomas' last shot, coming with under 10 seconds remaining, went just high.

Bucknell put the Greyhounds in an early hole on the scoring tandem of Matlack and Dervarics.

In the 22nd minute, Matlack took a pass from Dervarics on a give-and-go and scored the game's first goal. Dervarics gave the Bison a 2-0 advantage when she rebounded a saved shot by Matlack and scored in the 33rd minute.

Loyola continues non-conference play next Friday, September 26, at 4:30 p.m. when it hosts 19th-ranked Villanova on Diane Geppi-Aikens Field.