Aug. 27, 2009
Loyola's women's soccer team got its 2009 season started on the right foot Sunday evening with a 1-0 victory at Mount St. Mary's.
Getting an initial victory in the first of four road matches to begin the season, starts things off positively for the Greyhounds.
"It was good to open with a win, and we want to carry some of that momentum to our next few games," Head Coach Katherine Vettori said.
Loyola plays at High Point this Friday, August 28, at 7 p.m., before facing a pair of Atlantic Coast Conference teams on their home turf. Wake Forest, which is ranked 26th in the latest NSCAA/adidas poll, hosts the Greyhounds on Sunday, August 30, at 1 p.m., and Loyola then plays at Maryland on Tuesday, September 1, at 7 p.m.
"With the games against High Point, Wake Forest and Maryland, we are going into one of the toughest stretches on our schedule," Vettori said. "But, we're looking forward to the challenges and opportunities to play."
Loyola outshot The Mount, 21-5, but small adjustments to their shots will benefit the offense down the road.
"(Mount's) goalkeeper had a great game, but we also just missed on some shots," Vettori said. "We know that we have to get better at finishing opportunities because we are getting them, but not completing them with the shots we need."
Freshman Tessa McClenahan came off the bench to score the Greyhounds' goal against the Mountaineers.
Graduate student Theresa Ferraina took the ball endline on the right side and fed a pass to a waiting McClenahan who finished for her first collegiate goal.
Loyola's defense held the line from that point. Of The Mount's five shots, just three were on goal, and senior Brittany Henderson made saves on all of those. Loyola also allowed the Mountaineers limited opportunities for set pieces, giving up just two corner kicks in the match.
High Point opened its season last weekend, as well, losing to a pair of ACC schools. The Panthers fell 5-0 at Wake Forest and 2-0 at Virginia Tech.
In addition to the win over High Point, the Demon Deacons were 2-1 winners at UNC-Greensboro.
Loyola and Maryland will meet for the first time since September 12, 2006, when the Greyhounds won in College Park, 1-0. The Terrapins opened their 2009 schedule with a 3-0 win at Army and a 2-1 victory at Fordham. Maryland plays Seton Hall on Friday before facing Loyola.