Women's Soccer Team Blanks Saint Peter's, 4-0

Oct. 10, 2008


BALTIMORE - The Loyola women's soccer team outshot Saint Peter's, 24-5, en route to four goals and the defense posted its fourth consecutive shutout, as the visiting Greyhounds blanked the Peahens, 4-0, in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference action on Friday afternoon.

Four different player scored for Loyola (5-5-0 overall, 3-0-0 MAAC), which extended its winning streak to five games.

"Our ultimate goal is to get back to the conference championship, and to be in this position in conference play feels great," said Head Coach Katherine Vettori.

Loyola wasted little time in getting on the board. Sophomore midfielder Kelly Farrell scored first in the ninth minute when she received a ball on the right side of the field, cut back to the middle of the 18-yard box and lofted a ball over the goalkeeper's head with her left foot.

The Greyhounds doubled their lead in the 18th minute when Lina Staropoli headed in a Theresa Ferraina corner kick. The goal marked the fifth consecutive game that the Greyhounds have scored off a set piece and was Staropoli's first goal of the season.

"We've said that set pieces are going to be our bread and butter and we've been executing them all year," said Vettori. "It's nice to see we're getting some results."

In the 61st minute, forward Christina Gomez took advantage of some open space. Gomez cracked a low, line-drive shot from 30 yards out that found the left side of the net.

Midfielder Lea Day rounded out the scoring in the 71st minute for the Greyhounds. Positioned near the right-side of the 18-yard box, Day received a ball and struck a shot near-post past the keeper.

Of the Greyhounds' 24 shots, 16 of those shots were on goal. Ferraina had seven shots and four on goal.

The defense of Loyola continued to prove stingy, allowing Saint Peter's (3-8-0, 0-2-0 MAAC) only two shots on goal. Brittany Henderson and Amanda Piccirilli saw action in goal for the Greyhounds.

Loyola heads to Riverdale, N.Y., on Sunday to face Manhattan. Game time is scheduled for 10 a.m.