Sept. 27, 2009
Buffalo, N.Y. - A long shot by Kelly Farrell provided the game-winner as the Loyola women's soccer team rallied once again to defeat MAAC rival Canisius, 2-1 Sunday afternoon at the Golden Griffins' Demske Sports Complex. The Greyhounds are now 19-0-0 all-time against the Griffs and ended Canisius' unbeaten streak at eight games. It is also the second straight year that the Greyhounds opened conference play with a 2-0 start.
Kelly Reinwald got the Golden Griffins on the board first as she got behind the defense on a pass from Meagan Jones and beat the goalkeeper one-on-one.
The score remained 1-nil through the remainder of the first half as Canisius held a 7-5 shot advantage.
"The first half was too slow, time of possession, defensive responsibilities, we just did not have a good first half, so we put Theresa Ferraina and Nichole Schiro up top to start the second half," said head coach Katherine Vettori.
"Taylor Santypal gave us a good spark today on the left side at midfield and she played some very nice balls," commented Vettori. "Andrea Toro helped us win some balls in the air at center-midfield and Heather Cooke, came to play today, she had a great game."
After taking three shots on Canisius net-minder Caroline Robert early in the second half, the Greyhounds were finally able to get on the board at 65:31. From the left side, Kelly Thomas serviced a long pass into the box and freshman Nichole Schiro got vertical and headed the ball in for her third goal of the season. The assist was Thomas' team-leading fourth of the season.
"Kelly (Thomas), when she gets in her groove and is able to get her service and get forward into the attack, good things happen for us, said Vettori."
Just over a minute later, Kelly Farrell found the back of the net from 35-yards out on the left side that sailed over the goalie in the far upper-90 post.
Senior goalkeeper Brittany Henderson made three saves for the Greyhounds as Robert made four for Canisius.
The Greyhounds outshot the Griffins 16-13 for the match and held a 2-1 advantage on corner kicks in a very physical contest. Both teams combined for 36 fouls on the day and three yellow cards were issued out.
After playing ten of its first 12 games on the road, Loyola (6-4-2, 2-0-0 MAAC) will finally return to the friendly confines of Diane Geppi-Aikens Field Saturday, October 3, when they host MAAC foe, Rider in a 1:00 p.m. start.
"We look forward to it very much to play in front of our fans, remarked Vettori. "It will be very nice back home. I am very proud of us being 6-4-2 having played ten games on the road; it's quite an accomplishment."
Special recognition also will be given to the 1994 women's soccer team at halftime, as this year is the 15th anniversary of Loyola's first MAAC Tournament title.