Nov. 4, 2007
NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. - Loyola's Lea Day scored with 59 seconds remaining in overtime to give the Greyhounds a 3-2 win at Iona on Sunday afternoon in a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference match.
In the 100th minute of play, Theresa Ferraina struck a ball that was deflected by a Iona defender. Christina Gomez then hit a shot off the crossbar, and Day picked up the rebound and scored the game-winner.
The win gives Loyola (8-5-5 overall, 5-0-4 MAAC) the No. 3 seed in the MAAC Championships, which will be held November 9-11 at Marist in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. The Greyhounds will play the No. 2 seed, Fairfield, in the MAAC Semifinals on Friday.
"Making the MAAC Championships was our first goal of the year," said Loyola Head Coach John Byford. "At the beginning of the season, we set incremental goals. The first was to make the MAAC Championships; the second, to win the semifinal game, and the third was the win the final game."
Gomez put the Greyhounds on the scoreboard with a 1-0 lead in the eighth minute. Lina Staropoli fed her a ball five yards in front of the goal, and Gomez finished the one-timer for her second goal in as many games.
Iona (5-14-1, 3-5-1), however, tied the score at 1-1 in the 55th minute when Liz Allan lobbed a ball over the head of Loyola goalkeeper Amanda Piccirilli for a goal.
Gomez and Staropoli teamed up again in the 70th minute, as Gomez headed a pass form Staropoli into the net for her second goal of the game.
Ali Werner then tied the game in the 80th minute off a crossing pass from Leann Sudol.
Loyola's offense was effective in the overtime period. The Greyhounds registered five shots, holding the Gaels to only one.
Piccirilli made four saves in goal for the Greyhounds.