Women's Soccer Falls to Sixth-Seeded West Virginia, 4-2, in Opening Round of the NCCA Tournament

Nov. 14, 2003

Box Score

MORGANTOWN, WV - After holding down a 1-1 halftime score and outshooting the No. 6 seed West Virginia in the first 45 minutes, the Loyola College women's soccer team fell to the Mountaineers in a 4-2 final Friday night in Morgantown, WV in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament. The Greyhounds 2003 season ends at 12-9-1.

WVU's Leslie Barden scored the first goal of the game at 38:11 with a header off a pass from Rachael Minnich after an initial touch from Chrissie Abbott.

The Greyhounds allowed tat lead to last for just two minutes before freshman defender Kaitlin Klar scored the equalizer for a 1-1 tie at 40:10. Klar's goal was a rebound after Katelyn Woods initial shot from Carolyn Kennington's corner kick was blocked.

The Greyhounds outshot the Mountaineers 9-7 with 1-1 tie at the half but the Mountaineers came out of the break with a fire to outshoot Loyola 16-1 for a 23-10 final shot total.

Lisa Zanti gave WVU a 2-1 lead approximately seven minutes into the half with an unassisted goal from 18 yards out.

Chrissie Abbott scored what became the game winner at 58:38 when Lisa Stoia crossed the ball to her from the left side to the upper corner of the box.

At 64:57, the Mountaineer defense would allow Loyola to get within one by passing the ball back to their own goal. The ball got past the goalie and rolled in for an own goal and a 3-2 score.

Nicola Cauzillo scored an insurance goal for WVU at 85:40 on a pass from Leslie Barden and Chrissie Abbott.

Sophomore Kate Gilfillan made seven saves in goal for Loyola while Lana Bannerman made two for the Mountaineers.

"You have to give Loyola credit," said West Virginia head coach Nikki Izzo-Brown. "They are a great team with great players."

Abbott became West Virginia University's career points leader with her goal and two assists for a career total of 123 points.

West Virginia, the No. 6 seed in the tournament will advance to the next round of the NCAA Tournament, facing Ohio State after defeated Loyola for the second year in a row.

This was Loyola's third consecutive trip to the national tournament and the second visit to Morgantown in as many years. Head coach Joe Mallia now holds a 71-41-9 (.624) record at Loyola after leading the Greyhounds to four consecutive conference titles.