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Loyola Hosts UMBC In Home Opener

Aug. 20, 2016

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Opponent UMBC
Date Sunday, August 21, 2016
Time 4:00 p.m.
Location Baltimore, Maryland | Ridley Athletic Complex
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Loyola Hosts UMBC In Home Opener

• The Loyola University Maryland women’s soccer team hosts in-state rival UMBC at Ridley Athletic Complex on Sunday, Aug. 21. The match is set to begin at 4 p.m.

About The Greyhounds (1-0-0, 0-0-0)

• Loyola returns 19 letterwinners from a 2015 squad that finished 6-10-2 overall and 4-4-1 in Patriot League play.

• Head coach Naomi Meiburger returns for her third season on the Greyhounds’ sidelines, after guiding the team to their first-ever Patriot League Tournament appearences in the past two seasons.

• Despite losing Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year, midfielder Rosy Hayes, the Greyhounds return six veteran midfielders, including sophomore Julianna Cabrera, who started in all 18 games at midfield last season and scored twice in Loyola's season opening win at Mount St. Mary's Friday.

• The Greyhounds return three strong veteran defenders, including Morgan Crable, Kelsey Targarona and Nicole Wahlig. Wahlig was named to the 2016 Preseason All-Patriot League Team, as well as the All-Patriot League Second Team last season. She has been named Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week two times in her college career.

About UMBC (1-0-0, 0-0-0)

 UMBC opened its season with a double-overtime win on Friday, Aug. 19, against American. In the 3-2 victory, Jamie Shiflett (1) and Alexa Quaranta (2) had goals for the Retrievers.

UMBC finished the 2015 season with a 5-11-3 record, making it to the America East Quarterfinal game where it fell to Vermont (1-0).

• Sophomore midfielder Skyler Mackey was named to the 2015 America East All-Rookie team last season.

• Freshmen Nikki Saad and Shiflett had impressive career-openers against American, helping the Retrievers to a 3-2 win.

UMBC was picked to finish seventh in the America East Preseason Coaches Poll.

The Retrievers are coached by Leslie Wray, who is entering her fifth season at UMBC.

Last Time Out

• Loyola is coming off a 3-1 win against Mount St. Mary’s on Friday evening. This improves the Greyhounds’ series record against the Mountaineers to 9-0, two of those wins from season openers.

• The Greyhounds scored a pair of goals in the first 11 minutes, one by Julianna Cabrera and one from freshman Maddie Hart. Cabrera scored again in the 51st minute, making it the first multi-game goal of her career.

• In her first career start in goal, Sumer Rahe had two saves.

Up Next

• Loyola will host Saint Francis (Pa.) on Thursday, Aug. 25 at 7 p.m. ET.