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Women's Soccer Closes Out August At Temple And Cornell

Aug. 27, 2015

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Opponent Temple Owls
Date Friday, Aug. 28, 2015
Time 4 p.m.
Location Ambler, Pa. | Ambler Sports Complex
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Opponent Cornell Big Red
Date Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015
Time 1 p.m.
Location Ithaca, N.Y. | Berman Field
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HIT THE ROAD JACK
• Loyola University Maryland women's soccer kicks off a five-game non-conference road swing, starting with Temple University on Friday, Aug. 28, followed by a match against the Cornell Big Red on Sunday, Aug. 30.
• The last time Loyola played in five-straight non-conference road games was in 2006. The Greyhounds opened the season with five-consecutive away games, including a tournament in Tempe, Arizona. That season, Loyola went on to win the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference regular season, going 10-7-2 overall and 8-1-0 in conference play.

ABOUT THE GREYHOUNDS
• Loyola is looking for its first win of the season when it goes up against Temple and Cornell this weekend.
• The Greyhounds are coming off a 2-0 loss at the hands of the Monmouth University Hawks Tuesday morning.
• Loyola returns 17 letterwinners and nearly 86-percent of its scoring from a 2014 squad that finished 6-9-4 overall and 2-3-4 in Patriot League play.
• Head coach Naomi Meiburger returns for her second season on the Greyhounds' sideline, after guiding the squad to their first-ever Patriot League Tournament appearance in 2014.
• Graduate student Colleen Folan returns in goal for the Greyhounds, after posting a solid 2014 campaign that resulted in All-Patriot League Second Team and NSCAA All-Mid-Atlantic Region Second Team honors. Folan and the Greyhounds posted the second-longest active shutout streak in NCAA Division I women's soccer heading into the quarterfinal round of the 2014 Patriot League Tournament. The Downingtown, Pennsylvania native carded 10 shutouts during the 2014 campaign, the third most in Loyola's single season record books.
• Despite losing first-team All-Patriot League middle-back, Kelly Santangelo, the Greyhounds return three veteran defenders in Morgan Crable , Nicole Wahlig and Kelsey Targarona .
• Loyola's defense allowed only four goals throughout league play in 2014, posting a 0.40 goals-against-average. The Greyhounds were second to only Navy, who posted a 0.32 GAA.
• Offensively, four of Loyola's top-five goal scorers from the 2014 season return to action, including All-Patriot League Second Team forward Charlotte Miller

UP NEXT
• Loyola continues its five-game road swing, traveling to Loretto, Pennsylvania to take on Saint Francis University Friday, Sept. 4, at 4 p.m.

LAST TIME OUT
• Loyola dropped a 2-0 game against Monmouth University Tuesday morning at Ridley Athletic Complex.
• The match was originally scheduled for Monday evening, but lightning delays postponed action until Tuesday morning. 
• The Hawks first scored in the 17th minute to take the 1-0 lead into the break and then struck again in the 63rd minute to put the game out of reach for the Greyhounds.

ABOUT TEMPLE
• Temple entered the week earning a spot on the first National Soccer Coaches Association of America Northeast Regional Poll of the season. The Owls grabbed the No. 10 ranking after opening the season with back-to-back shutouts against Fairleigh Dickinson and Delaware State.
• Freshman goalkeeper Jordan Nash was named Rookie of the Week by the American Athletic Conference, after tallying two saves in the season opener. She stopped a Fairleigh Dickinson penalty kick and rebound shot in the last minute of the shutout victory.
• The Owls were picked to finish ninth in the American Athletic Conference, while senior goalkeeper Shauni Kerkhoff was named the Preseason Goalkeeper of the Year and senior midfielder Kelly Farrell earned a spot on the preseason all-conference team.
• Last season, Temple finished 11-8-1 overall and 3-5-1 in conference play after its second year in the league.
• With their 11 victories, the Owls tied the program record for most wins in a season.

SERIES WITH THE OWLS
• Temple and Loyola met for the first time in 2013, when the Owls defeated the Greyhounds, 1-0, in double-overtime at Ridley Athletic Complex.
• Erin Lafferty scored a goal with less than six minutes remaining in the second overtime period. Lafferty's free kick sailed over Loyola's defense and struck the top-right side of the goal post on its way into the net. 
• Friday's matchup will mark the first trip to Ambler Sports Complex for the Greyhounds.

ABOUT CORNELL
• Cornell will open its 2015 campaign on Friday, Aug. 28, only two days before taking on the Greyhounds in Ithaca, New York.
• In 2014, the Big Red posted its best season in 12 years, winning eight total games, including two in the Ivy League.
• Cornell returns two of its top-three goal scorers in Elizabeth Crowell and Caroline Growney.

SERIES WITH THE BIG RED
• This marks the first time Loyola and Cornell have met in women's soccer.
• Head coach Naomi Meiburger faced the Big Red once while serving as an associate head coach at Georgetown. In 2012, the Hoyas handed Cornell a 6-1 loss on their home turf.

2014 RECAP
• Loyola finished the 2014 regular season 6-8-4 overall and 2-3-4 in the Patriot League. The Greyhounds tied for the sixth seed with Lehigh University, but earned a spot in the Patriot League Tournament due to the league's tiebreaker procedure.
• Then-senior defender Kelly Santangelo was named to the All-Patriot League First Team, while graduate student Colleen Folan and senior Charlotte Miller were voted to the second team.
• Thirteen of Loyola's 18 regular-season games resulted in a difference of one goal or less. Conversely, all six of the squad's wins last season were shutout victories.

COLLEGIATE DEBUTS
• In the first two games of the season, eight freshmen made their collegiate debut.
Kaisa Aalto , Julianna Cabrera and Kate Reese started the season opener against Delaware, while Mia Sardella saw playing time against the Blue Hens.
• Two days later, Lexy Andrews , Cassidy Griffith , Sarah Ensor and Jourdan Ziff also took the field for the first time in their collegiate career against the Monmouth Hawks. 

PATRIOT LEAGUE PRESEASON POLL
• Loyola was picked to finish sixth in the 2015 Patriot League Preseason Poll.
• Boston University, which has captured the tournament title in each of its first two seasons as a member institution, was picked as the favorite to win the Patriot League women's soccer title, collecting 11 first-place votes and 155 points.
• Colgate University checked in second with 147 points. The Raiders, who finished first in the 2014 regular-season, received seven first-place votes. Navy took third with a total of 135 points and the final two first-place votes.
• Army West Point polled fourth for the second-consecutive season with 103 points, while Bucknell University was fifth with 92 points. Loyola took sixth with 76 points, six more than Lehigh University at seventh. College of the Holy Cross grabbed the eighth spot with 64 points, while Lafayette College took ninth with 35 points and American University rounded out the poll in 10th place with 23 points.

TEAM CAPTAINS
• Graduate student Colleen Folan , along with seniors Rosy Hayes and Charlotte Miller were named captains for the 2015 season.
• This will be the second-straight season Folan has been a team captain.

OVER THE AIRWAYS
• Loyola fans will be able to follow every home match of the 2015 season by watching the Patriot League Network powered by Campus Insiders. To listen to Glenn Clark and Jamie Watson's call, fans can go to the women's soccer schedule page at LoyolaGreyhounds.com, and click on the video link next to the appropriate match.