Nov. 6, 2011
BALTIMORE - The Loyola University Maryland women's soccer team dropped a, 1-0, decision to the No. 1 seed Marist Red Foxes in the 2011 Chick-fil-A Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championship title game on Sunday afternoon at Ridley Athletic Complex.
Marist scored the lone goal of the match late in first half, as MAAC Rookie of the Year and 2011 MAAC Championship MVP, Amanda Epstein tallied in the 43rd minute to give the Red Foxes their first MAAC crown in program history.
The Greyhounds generated several quality chances in the first half, the best coming in the 32nd minute of action. Melissa Lookingland sent a corner kick in from the right side that found Chantal Celestin in the middle of the box who floated a shot on net that was blocked by a Red Fox defender. Rene collected the rebound and fired a shot from 10 yards away that went over the top of the crossbar.
The game remained scoreless until late in the in the first half, as the Red Foxes got on the board in the 43rd minute to grab a, 1-0, lead heading into halftime. Marjana Maksuti started the play, sending a cross into the box that was flicked to the front of the net by Jamie Strumwasser and finished Epstein from six yards out in front of the net.
Loyola continued to create opportunities in the second 45 minutes, but the Marist defense, led by keeper Caitlin Landsman, held the Greyhounds without a goal for the second time this season.
Celestin came close to tying the game early in the second half, collecting a ball in the middle of the box and taking a shot that sailed high.
The Greyhounds had another chance late, this time off the foot of Kelsey Donohue who received a cross from Lookingland eight yards away on the left side of the box and took a shot with her left foot that was saved by Landsman.
Didi Haracic and Danielle Ippolito combined to make four saves in net for Loyola, with Haracic playing the first 45 minutes and Ippolito playing the second. Ippolito made one spectacular save in the second half, denying Samantha Panzner from point-blank range with a sprawling kick save.
The Greyhounds dropped to 9-4-4 all-time in title games while Marist won for the first time in their fourth trip to the final.
Loyola closed its 2011 campaign with an 8-12-1 record while going 5-3-1 in the MAAC.