Due to a previous weather delay, the match will be held at DelGol Field at 8 p.m. Follow directions below to the Saint Francis (Pa.) football stadium.
|Opponent||Saint Francis (Pa.) Red Flash|
|Date||Friday, Sept. 4, 2015|
|Location||Loretto, Pa. | DeGol Field|
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HIT THE ROAD JACK
• Loyola University Maryland women’s soccer continues its five-game road swing, taking on Saint Francis (Pa.) Friday, Sept. 4, at 4 p.m.
• 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 young season when it goes up against Saint Francis (Pa.) on Friday.
• The Greyhounds are coming off a 2-0 loss at the hands of the Cornell Big Red Sunday afternoon.
• Loyola is averaging seven shots per game, with nearly half coming in the final 15 minutes of the game.
• 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 .
• For the second time in as many years, Loyola will play in the Battle of Baltimore on Friday, Sept. 11. UMBC will host Mount St. Mary’s and Towson in a neutral site game at 5 p.m., before the Retrievers face the Greyhounds at 7:30 p.m., in Catonsville, Maryland. Two days later, the tournament travels to Mount St. Mary’s, as Loyola takes on Towson at noon.
LAST TIME OUT
• Loyola gave up one goal in each half to fall to Cornell, 2-0, Sunday afternoon in Ithaca, New York.
• The Greyhounds created their best chance to score late in the second stanza with a header attempt from freshman Lexy Andrews , but it was saved by Cornell’s Kelsey Tierney.
• Graduate student Colleen Folan made a total of five saves, including a diving stop in the 42nd minute.
ABOUT SAINT FRANCIS (PA)
• Like Loyola, Saint Francis is looking for its first win of the 2015 season.
• The Red Flash scored their only goal this year in a 1-1 draw against the Uniersity of Pittsburgh in the season opener.
• In 2014, Saint Francis made its fifth-consecutive appearance in the Northeast Conference Tournament. The Red Flash finished fourth in the regular season with an overall record of 3-12-5 and 3-2-2 in conference.
• Allison LaDuke, the Red Flash’s top returning scorer with four goals last season, returns for her sophomore year after being named to the NEC All-Rookie team in 2014. LaDuke scored the squad’s only goal this season, dodging Pitt’s goalkeeper to find the back of the net in the seventh minute of the season opener.
• Saint Francis also returns Gabi Morales, an All-NEC Second Team and All-Rookie Team selection after leading the squad with five assists during the 2014 campaign.
SERIES WITH THE RED FLASH
• Loyola is 1-0-0 against Saint Francis.
• The two squads first met in Loyola’s inaugural season (1992), playing in the Wheeling Jesuit Tournament on September 26, 1992. The Greyhounds defeated the Red Flash, 5-1.
• Friday’s matchup will mark the first meeting in Loretto, Pennsylvania.
BETTER LATE THAN NEVER
• Of Loyola’s 28 shots taken this season, 13 have occurred in the 75th minute or later.
• The Greyhounds have only taken nine shots in the first half, playing a more defensive game in the first 45 minutes of each game this season.
• 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.
FIRST TO SCORE
• Dating back to the 2010 season, Loyola has amassed a record of 33-5-6 when scoring the first goal of the match.
• Of the five times when the Greyhounds have relinquished thei lead, three came during the 2010 season.
• 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.
• Freshman goalkeeper Sumer Rahe made her collegiate debut at Temple University, playing 15 in goal for the Greyhounds and making two saves against the Owls.
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.
• 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.