Women's Soccer Tops Niagara 3-2

Oct. 8, 2006

Box Score

Baltimore, Md. - Loyola fought back from an early two-goal deficit to defeat Niagara 3-2 in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference women's soccer action Sunday afternoon on Diane Geppi-Aikens Field. The `Hounds improved to 5-5-2 overall and 3-0-0 in the conference. The Purple Eagles fell to 7-4-0 overall and 3-1-0 in MAAC play.

Niagara's Brittany Bisnott got the Purple Eagles on the board early when she took a long shot from the top of the box and the ball lofted up just out of Loyola goalkeeper Brittany Henderson's reach for the 1-0 lead. Caitlin Long was credited with the assists.

In the 16th minute, Niagara got a 2-0 lead with Stephanie Gartley's cross from the right side deflected off a Loyola player for the goal.

But Loyola fought back. Freshman Christina Gomez got the Greyhounds on the board at 22:17 when her shot from the top of the box came off Niagara keeper Sarah Stephens hands and into the goal for the 2-1 score.

Gomez continued working, scoring her fifth goal this week in the 34th minute. Freshman Colleen Kinealy flipped the ball past her defender and ahead to Gomez who's long kick sailed into the left hand corner of the goal for the 2-2 tie.

Less than five minutes later, senior Courtney Arikian scored the eventual game winner.

Neither team got on the board in the second half despite a combined 16 shots.

The Greyhounds held a 23-8 advantage in shots, a 12-3 margin in shots on goal and a 7-2 lead in corner kicks.

Henderson recorded one save for Loyola while Stephens was credited with nine.

Loyola returns to the road next week traveling to Siena on October 13 and Marist on October 15.