Women's Soccer Takes On La Salle, San Diego State In Villanova Classic

Sept. 4, 2008

BALTIMORE - The Loyola women's soccer hits the road this weekend in a quest for its first win of the 2008 season after dropping its first game of the year at sixth-ranked Virginia, then being edged in overtime by Old Dominion.

The Greyhounds will play two matches in the Villanova Classic. Friday's game will be held at the Villanova Soccer Classic, but Sunday's game has been moved to Eastern University due to the impending weather.

Loyola will take on La Salle in the first match, a 4:30 p.m. contest on Friday, September 5, then tangle with San Diego State at 12 p.m. on Sunday, September 7.

The meeting against the Greyhounds and San Diego State will be the first-ever between the schools, while the game versus the Explorers will be the second time they have faced each other. La Salle won the only other meeting, a 1-0 decision, in 2001.

Loyola will not face the host school in this weekend's tournament, but the Wildcats will come to Diane Geppi-Aikens Field on Friday, September 26.

The Greyhounds nearly had their first win of the season last Sunday against Old Dominion, but Shavon Knight scored twice to help the Monarchs rally for a 3-2 overtime victory.

Theresa Ferraina scored her first goal of the season in the eighth minute of play, taking a through-ball from Christina Gomez and evading Old Dominion goalkeeper Lauren Tupman for a goal.

After the Greyhounds controlled possession for most of the first half, they got on the scoreboard again just after the break.

Julianne Bausch made a run down the right sideline and took a pass from Ferraina and drove a shot past Tupman, giving the Greyhounds a 2-0 advantage in the 47th minute.

Old Dominion, however, came back as Knight scored her first goal of the game in the 61st minute. Katie Watson then scored to tie the match at 2-2, sending it to overtime. Knight's goal in the 96th minute was the deciding tally, handing Loyola its first overtime loss since October 27, 2006.

Following this weekend's competition, the Greyhounds return to the Evergreen Campus for six of their next seven games, beginning September 12 against Virginia Commonwealth.