Nov. 13, 2009
Winston-Salem, N.C. - The Loyola women's soccer team fell in the first round of the NCAA College Cup, 2-0, to West Virginia in a windy Friday afternoon at Spry Stadium. Loyola finishes the season at 15-5-3, while The Mountaineers improve to 10-6-6 and advance to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
"Today’s loss was to a very talented West Virginia team," said second year head coach Katherine Remy Vettori. "However disappointing it is for ‘the ride’ to be over, I am extremely proud of this team."
West Virginia got off to a quick start scoring 1:29 seconds into the game with a header by senior All-American Carolyn Blank. Morgan Betschler took a corner kick and her service was headed around by Meghan Lewis and Caroline Szwed before Blank notched her fourth goal of the season.
The Mountaineers added to their lead late in the first half at 36:35 as Bry McCarthy recorded her third goal of the season. Caralee Keppler delivered a pass to Bri Rodriguez who serviced a cross into the box to McCarthy. McCarthy, who was all alone against goalkeeper Danielle Ippolito, then blasted a shot into the right side of the net.
Loyola was outshot, 13-1 playing against the wind in the first half. Freshman Gianna Mangione took the lone shot in the first stanza for the Greyhounds.
The Greyhounds came out fighting to open the second half, attempting their first corner kick two minutes in. Junior Kelly Farrell serviced a pass, but it was cleared out by WVU.
Loyola's best chance to score on the day came on a shot 11 minutes into the second half by Kelly Thomas. After a foul by West Virginia, Lauren Norcia played a quick ball to a streaking Thomas on the opposite side of the field, but the blast by Thomas sailed high.
Forward Theresa Ferraina would attempt a shot from just outside the box shortly after, but it was saved by WVU goalkeeper Kerri Butler. Ippolito stopped a career-high five shots in the loss as the Greyhounds were outshot 19-4 on the day.
"We accomplished many wonderful things this season," added Vettori. "The players’ characters were revealed time and again as they prevailed in each situation they encountered this fall. I can’t say again, what a terrific group this has been to work with and they should be very proud of what they achieved."
`Hounds Hodgepodge: Playing into today's game, Ferraina played in 83 career games, establishing a new Loyola career mark. Playing in their 23rd games of the season, Ferraina, Nichole Schiro, Thomas, Christina Gomez, Farrell, Heather Cooke and Norcia set a single-season record.