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Battle of Baltimore Up Next For Women's Soccer

Sept. 9, 2015

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Opponent UMBC Retrievers
Date Friday, Sept. 11, 2015
Time 7:30 p.m.
Location Catonsville, Md. | Retriever Soccer Park
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Opponent Towson Tigers
Date Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015
Time Noon
Location Emmitsburg, Md. | Waldron Family Stadium
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BATTLE OF BALTIMORE
• 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 and the Mount and Retrievers face off at 2:30 p.m.
• The team with the best record is deemed the champion. In the case of a tiebreaker, the winner is determined by goal differential.
• Last year, Loyola won both its matches against Towson (1-0) and Mount St. Mary's (2-0).
• On Friday, Sept. 12, 2014, the Greyhounds recorded their first home win of the season, hosting Towson in the first night of the Battle of Baltimore.
• In the 55th minute, Maddie Boccio flicked the ball back to Alyssa Bonnesen , inside the center of the box. Bonnesen found Kelsey Targarona open on her left side, where the defender made a left-footed shot into the right corner of the goal.
• Two days later, Rosy Hayes found an opening 18 yards out and took a shot in the eighth minute, but Mount St. Mary's goalie punched out the attempt. Boccio found the rebound and finished the play for the Greyhounds' first goal against the Mount.
• In the 20th minute, Mount St. Mary's attempted a clear that was blocked by the Greyhounds. Then-senior Jessica Van Dyke found the breakaway ball and scored, making it 2-0 in favor of Loyola.
• Boccio, Targarona, Morgan Crable and then-senior Kelly Santangelo were named to the 2014 Battle of Baltimore All-Tournament Team.

ABOUT THE GREYHOUNDS
• Loyola is coming off its first win of the 2015 campaign, a 2-1 victory against Saint Francis (Pa.) on Friday, Sept. 4.
• Two Greyhounds - senior Rosy Hayes and junior Jess Soldiviero - have scored this season, while junior Morgan Crable and senior Riley Piechnick assisted each of those goals, respectively.
• Hayes scored the game-winner against Saint Francis (Pa.), after Soldiviero found the back of the net earlier in the first half.
• Hayes also recorded the team's first goal of the year, scoring in the season opener against the University of Delaware on Friday, Aug. 21.
• Graduate student Colleen Folan has played 452:41 minutes in goal for the Greyhounds, while freshman Sumer Rahe made her collegiate debut at Temple, playing 15:18.
Head coach Naomi Meiburger returns for her second season on the Greyhounds' sideline.

UP NEXT
• Loyola opens the 2015 Patriot League season on Saturday, Sept. 19, hosting Lafayette College at 7 p.m.
• The Greyhounds look to embark on their third season in the Patriot League. The 2013 season was Loyola's inaugural year in the league. The Greyhounds posted a 1-6-2 record in the first season of league play and a 2-3-4 mark last year.

LAST TIME OUT
• Loyola won its first match of the 2015 season, defeating Saint Francis (Pa.), 2-1, Friday night in Loretto, Pennsylvania.
• In the 18th minute, senior Riley Piechnick got the ball on the end line and passed it across the box to junior Jess Soldiviero . The junior forward made a run at the bench-side near post and slid the ball into the back of the net for the first goal of the evening.
• Loyola took a 2-0 advantage in the 74th minute when senior Rosy Hayes scored a goal from more than 20-yards out. Hayes blasted a shot from the central part of the field and made a line drive into the back of the net.
• Saint Francis responded with a goal five minutes later, but Loyola's defense held the Red Flash off the scoreboard for the remaining 11 minutes to pull out the road victory.

ABOUT UMBC
• UMBC is 1-4-1 this season.
• All six of the Retrievers' games have been decided by one goal or less.
• UMBC is coming off an 0-2 weekend at the George Mason Tournament, dropping matches to Appalachian State (1-0) and UNC Wilmington (2-1) in double overtime.
• Gabby Boehmer leads the team with four goals, while Bria Bass, Jenna Denis, Destinee Morris and Amira Walcott have each tallied a goal this season.
• In goal, Jen Nance has played all 594:18 minutes, posting a 1.67 goals-against average and a .711 save percentage.

SERIES WITH THE RETRIEVERS
• Loyola is 5-3-3 against UMBC.
• The Greyhounds and Retrievers first met in 1992 and played for four-straight years. During that time, Loyola went 1-2-1.
• The two teams didn't meet again until the start of the new millennium, when Loyola went unbeaten (1-0-1) in a two year span between 2000 and 2001.
• Loyola defeated UMBC again in 2005 and 2010, before recording a tied contest in 2013 and a one-goal loss last season in Catonsville, Maryland.

ABOUT TOWSON
• Towson University is 3-2-1 this season.
• The Tigers extended their win streak to three, after recording a pair of shutout victories against Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference teams Fairfield University (2-0) and Iona College (1-0).
• Natalia Pinkney leads the team in scoring with three goals, while Katie Fullerton, Emily Marshall and Vasthy Delgado have each scored a goal this season. 
• In goal, Taylor Sebolao has played all 560 minutes and has given up 4 goals, while stopping 44 shots for a 0.64 goals-against average and a .917 save percentage. Sebolao has recorded three-straight shutouts and held her opponents off the board for the last 310 minutes.

SERIES WITH THE TIGERS
• In a series that dates back to the inaugural season of the Loyola women's soccer program (1992), the Greyhounds lead, 12-1-2.
• The Greyhounds won the series' first meeting, 6-1, on Diane Geppi-Aikens field in 1992. The series continued for nine-straight years, before taking a break in 2001.
• The two teams met again in 2002, when Loyola traveled to Towson and defeated the Tigers, 2-0.
• The Greyhounds and Tigers did not meet again until 2010, and since that time Loyola has gone 3-1-1.

BETTER LATE THAN NEVER
• Of Loyola's 44 shots taken this season, 26 have occurred in the 45th minute or later.
• The Greyhounds have only taken 18 shots in the first half, playing a more defensive game in the first 45 minutes of each game this season.

ROSY'S ROCKET
• Senior Rosy Hayes has packed some power behind her shot this year. In each of her goals, she has found the back of the net from more than 20-yards out.
• In the season opener against the University of Delaware, Hayes struck the ball from 20-plus yard on the high-right side of the field. The ball curled under the crossbar and tipped the fingers of the Blue Hens' goalkeeper and fell into the back of the goal for Loyola's first goal of the season.
• Two weeks later, the Northport, New York native score the game-winning goal against Saint Francis (Pa.) once again scoring from 20-yards out. The senior blasted a shot from the central part of the field and made a line drive into the back of the net in the 75th minute against the Red Flash.

HIT THE ROAD JACK
• Loyola closes out a five-game non-conference road swing with the Battle of Baltimore.
• During that stretch thus far, the Greyhounds have gone 1-2-0.
• 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.

FIRST TO SCORE WINS GALORE
• Dating back to the 2010 season, Loyola has amassed a record of 34-5-6 when scoring the first goal of the match.
• Of the five times when the Greyhounds have relinquished their lead, three came during the 2010 season.

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. 
• 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.

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.

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. 

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.