Oct. 16, 2009
New Rochelle, N.Y. - The Loyola women's soccer team won its sixth straight game with a 5-0 victory over Iona Friday afternoon at the Gaels' Hynes Athletic Center. The five goals are the most Loyola has scored in a game since October 7, 2007, when they blanked Saint Peter's, 9-0.
For the first time this season, Loyola scored two goals in the first half, with the game-winner coming 12 minutes in from a goal by Theresa Ferraina. Freshman Nichole Schiro was credited with the assist on the play, and she added the second goal of the half later in the period from a cross by junior Kelly Thomas.
The Greyhounds opened the second half with a pair of goals in the first three minutes, putting the game out of reach. Senior midfielder Christina Gomez put Loyola on top, 3-0 with an unassisted goal at 47:05 and 45 seconds, Thomas scored on a free kick.
Sophomore Keri Iheagwara scored the fifth and final goal for the Greyhounds on an assist by freshman Gianna Mangione. The goal and the assist are the first collegiate points for both Iheagwara and Mangione.
Senior goalkeeper Brittany Henderson recorded her fourth straight shutout and league-high seventh of the season, one off her career high that she set back in 2007. Henderson recorded five saves on the day.
Loyola outshot Iona, 17-10, and allowed just two attempts in the second stanza after both teams recorded eight shots in the first half. The Greyhounds also held a 6-2 advantage on corner kicks.
With the win, Loyola improves to 10-4-2 overall and 6-0-0 in the conference, while Iona falls to 6-10-1, 3-3-0 in the MAAC with the loss. The Greyhounds' ten wins match the number that it had in each of the past three seasons.
Loyola is back in action Sunday, October 18, when they travel to defending MAAC Champion, Fairfield. The Greyhounds own a 13-8-7 all-time advantage against the Stags and is 5-5-3 at Fairfield.
'HOUNDS HODGEPODGE: Freshman Nicky Alagna made her first appearance of the season, subbing in with just over 13 minutes left to play in regulation... Loyola is undefeated in its last 25 MAAC regular season games (19-0-6).