Women's Soccer Returns To Diane Geppi-Aikens Field For Pair Of Weekend Matches

Sept. 11, 2008

The Loyola women's soccer team returns to Diane Geppi-Aikens Field tomorrow to host a pair of non-conference matches this weekend against Virginia Commonwealth and Indiana.

Both matches will mark the first time the Greyhounds have played either team in women's soccer, but Head Coach Katherine Vettori is looking forward to playing both squads.

"Both VCU and Indiana are very talented teams, and they are going to be fun games to watch," Vettori said. "Even though we only came away with a tie last Sunday (against San Diego State), we saw some very good things on the field. I was pleased with our intensity, and I think that we are making a lot of good strides that will help us get to where we are looking to be late in the season."

The Greyhounds and San Diego State played to a 3-3 tie on Sunday in the final game of the Villanova Classic. Theresa Ferraina, Kelly Farrell and Rachel Shuck all scored for Loyola.

Sarra Moller, Brittany Henderson and Ferraina earned All-Tournament Honors following the two Classic matches.

Ferraina leads Loyola in scoring this season with two goals and two assists. Lina Staropoli is tied with Ferraina for the team-lead in assists.

Virginia Commonwealth enters Friday's match looking for its first win of the 2008 season. The Rams lost two matches at the North Carolina State Invitational last weekend, dropping to 0-4-0 this season.

In the second game of the Invitational, against UNC-Greensboro, Francesca Gioeli gave the Rams a 1-0 lead in the eighth minute, but the Spartans rallied to beat them, 2-1.

Gioeli's goal was Virginia Commonwealth's first of the season.

Indiana, which plays at George Mason on Friday, is currently 2-3-0, after losing, 3-1, to Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo in the second match of the Hoosier Classic last weekend.

Kelly Lawrence scored for Indiana on a penalty kick in the 16th minute, tying the match at 1-1, but the Mustangs scored a pair of goals late to down Indiana.

Lawrence tops the Hoosiers this season with three goals, while Devon Beach and Liz Holby have each scored two.

Admission to both games is free, and GameTracker stats will be available on