Sept. 3, 2009
The Loyola women's soccer team will look to rebound from consecutive losses to ACC schools in its home opener against Boston University Friday, September 4 at Diane Geppi-Aikens Field at 5:00 pm. This is the first time the Greyhounds have met the Terriers in the 18-year history of the program.
Fans may purchase tickets online at www.loyolagreyhounds.com for just $5.
After winning the first two games of the season, the Greyhounds fell on the road to #26 Wake Forest, 2-1, and Maryland, 5-2. Freshman midfielder Tessa McClenahan had the game-tying goal against the Demon Deacons, while seniors Theresa Ferraina and Christina Gomez recorded goals against the Terps. Junior back Kelly Thomas also recorded an assist on both McClenahan's score at Wake Forest and Gomez' goal at Maryland.
Senior goalkeeper Brittany Henderson shutout the Terrapins in the first half, making several dazzling saves. Despite giving up five goals in the second half, second-year head coach Katherine Vettori was more than pleased with Henderson's overall performance, which gave the Greyhounds an opportunity to win. Henderson, who had eight saves through the first three games of the season, matched that total in the matchup at Maryland.
Boston University is 2-1 on the season and most recently was shutout at #16 Boston College, 2-0, on September 2. With a pair of 2-nil victories over Atlantic 10 members, Rhode Island and Massachusetts, sophomore midfielder Jessica Luscinski led the Terriers offensively with a pair of goals. Forwards Farrell McClernon and Cynthia Warman also added goals, while Megan McGoldrick recorded a pair of assists.
The Terriers who were unanimously picked as the America East favorite and are seeking their fifth straight NCAA appearance, have goalkeepers Annie Tooley and Janie Reilly splitting time anchoring the defense, which has allowed just two goals this season. Tooley leads the team with five saves, while Reilly has stopped two.
Loyola also will host Lafayette of the Patriot League Sunday, September 6, at 1:00 p.m. The Greyhounds were victorious, 6-0 in the only previous meeting between the schools in 1998.