Oct. 5, 2008
Baltimore, Md. - Greyhounds freshman Maggie Ebner headed in a direct kick from senior forward Theresa Ferraina at the 63:12 mark for the only goal of the match to give Loyola a 1-0 home MAAC victory over Fairfield Sunday afternoon on Diane Geppi-Aikens Field. The win was the fourth straight for the Greyhounds and completed a perfect sweep of the opening weekend of MAAC play when coupled with Friday's 4-0 win over Iona.
Following a Fairfield foul, Ferraina coordinated a direct kick from the right side of the box which Ebner guided into the left side of the net past Stags goalkeeper Kelly Boudreau for her second career goal, both of which were scored during the weekend. Ferraina's assist was her third of the weekend and sixth of the season.
"We have worked very hard on our set pieces and we do a ton of work on them in practice," Loyola first-year coach Katherine Vettori said of the game-winning play. "It was nice to see that we had the focus there to execute and get the goal."
Greyhounds goalkeeper Brittany Henderson did her part in the win, thwarting the only Fairfield (8-3-2, 1-1-0 MAAC) challenge of the game. Four-and-a-half minutes after the Loyola (4-5-2, 2-0-0 MAAC) goal, the Stags pressured the Greyhounds defense and Nicole Cavallaro connected on a point-blank shot that appeared headed for the right side of the Loyola net, only to be caught by a diving Henderson for her only save of the match.
"Brittany came up big today, but it was our entire defensive effort that deserves the credit," Vettori said of the unit that posted its third straight shutout. "Sarra Moller gets us organized and all them - Heather Cooke, Julianne Bausch, Kelly Thomas, Ashley Lunemann and Taylor Santypal - have done a good job staying together and communicating."
Loyola dominated the first half, recording seven of its nine shots prior to the intermission. Fairfield mustered just one shot in each of the halves with Cavallaro's the only threat of the game.
The Greyhounds return to MAAC play next weekend with road contests at Saint Peter's Friday and Manhattan Sunday. Loyola's next home match will be October 24 when it hosts Niagara at 4 o'clock.