April 22, 2009
BALTIMORE - The Loyola women's soccer team will open its Metro Atalntic Athletic Conference Regular-Season Title defense on September 25, but prior to that, the Greyhounds will face a tough non-conference slate that includes seven different conferences.
"The players and staff are looking forward to the 2009 Season," Head Coach Katherine Vettori said. "We will have a very challenging schedule with both our conference and out-of-conference opponents. We have a challenging schedule of non-league games against teams from the America East, ACC, Big South, Colonial, Patriot League, Mid-American, and Northeast Conferences. Those matches will help prepare us for the MAAC."
Loyola, which finished the 2008 campaign 10-6-4 overall, has changed its first game of the season following the passage of NCAA legislation to extend the season. The Greyhounds will open their 2009 slate on Sunday, August 23 at Mount St. Mar's in Emmittsburg, Md.
Loyola will then travel to the State of North Carolina for a pair of games. The Greyhounds take on High Point on Friday, August 28, and Wake Forest, which made the 2008 NCAA College Cup, on Sunday, August 30.
The Greyhounds then return to their home state for another game against an Atlantic Coast Conference opponent. Loyola heads to College Park for a Tuesday, September 1, game against Maryland.
Boston University, the defending America East Conference titlist, comes to Baltimore on Friday, September 4, as Loyola opens its home schedule on Diane Geppi-Aikens Field. The weekend concludes with a home game on Sunday, September 6, versus Lafayette.
It's back to the road for another stretch of games when the Greyhounds travel to Emmittsburg, Md., for a Tuesday, September 8, match. Loyola will then participate in the Virginia Commonwealth Tournament, starting with a game against the host school on Friday, September 11. The Greyhounds will place Eastern Michigan in the tournament's final game on Sunday, September 13.
A quick trip down Interstate 95 brings the Greyhounds to Washington, D.C., where they will play American on Friday, September 18. Later, they'll travel further south for a Sunday, September 20, match at Old Dominion in Norfolk, Va., in their final non-conference tilt.
MAAC play commences on Friday, September 25, when Loyola heads to Eastern New York for a pair of matches. The Greyhounds, who were 7-0-2 in the MAAC regular-season a year ago, open at Niagara and then take on Canisius on Sunday, September 27.
Rider comes to Diane Geppi-Aikens Field for the first home MAAC match of the season on Saturday, October 3. The Broncs are followed on the home pitch by a conference weekend against Marist and Siena on Friday, October 9, and Sunday, October 11, respectively.
The Greyhounds travel north the following weekend to take on Iona on Friday, October 16, and Fairfield on Sunday, October 19.
Loyola closes its regular-season with two home games, Friday, October 23, and Sunday, October 25, against Saint Peter's and Manhattan.
The 2009 MAAC Championships will be held at the Disney Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando. All 10 conference teams will advance to the tournament, which beigins on Tuesday, October 27. The championship game will be played on Sunday, November 1.