Oct. 26, 2007
BALTIMORE - Loyola College's Kelly Farrell scored the eventual game-winning goal less than 12 minutes after she entered the game, and the Greyhounds defeated visiting Siena, 3-0, Friday afternoon in a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference game on a rain-soaked Diane Geppi-Aikens Field.
Farrell and Rachel Shuck entered the game in the 24th minute and provided Loyola's offense with a lift. Until that point, the Greyhounds had not posted a shot in the game.
Lina Staropoli started the offensive attack in the 36th minute by centering a pass into the box. Farrell used two touches to beat her defender and struck a shot that went into the middle of the goal.
Just two minutes later, Farrell took Loyola's second shot, but it was saved by Siena's Patti Carroll. The attempt did lead to a corner kick, however, for the Greyhounds.
The Greyhounds (7-5-3 overall, 4-0-2 MAAC) kept up the offensive pressure in the second half.
After a Siena foul just outside the box, Kelly Thomas drove a low, hard direct kick to the right of the Saints' wall. Carroll saved Thomas' shot, but the wet ball squirted free of her grip, and another Greyhounds substitution, Kristina Balfoort, drove the rebound into the center of the goal.
Loyola continued to keep the ball in its offensive half, as Heather Cooke and Brynn McGrath had good chances go just wide. Lea Day then saw a shot on a one-on-one breakaway sail wide right in the 77th minute.
Siena (6-8-1, 3-3-0) had one of its best offensive chance a minute later, as Susan Schneck struck a hard header toward goal, but Loyola goalkeeper Brittany Henderson made the save.
In the 81st minute, Day made a long run down the right sideline and crossed the ball low across the face of the goal. It slipped past Carroll, and Colleen Kinealy's shot found the lower left corner of the goal for an insurance tally.
The Saints managed one more good opportunity in the 84th minute. After a Loyola foul, Kara Sefcik's direct kick curved around the Loyola wall, but Henderson was again there for the save.
The Loyola goalkeeper recorded the shutout with three saves, as Loyola limited Siena to only four shots in the game.
Loyola took nine shots in the game, putting six of them on goal. Carroll made three saves for the Saints.
The Greyhounds continue MAAC action on Sunday, October 28 when they host Marist at 1 p.m. McGrath and Brittany Marano will be honored prior to the game in senior day festivities.