Sept. 16, 2009
Game No. 9: Loyola at American
Date: Friday, September 18, 2009
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Where: Reeves Athletic Complex (Washington, D.C.)
Game No. 10: Loyola at Old Dominion
Date: Sunday, September 20, 2009
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Where: Old Dominion Soccer Stadium (Norfolk, Va.)
Weekend Preview: After dropping a pair of games at the VCU Tournament in Richmond, Va., the Greyhounds will look to regroup as they travel South down I-95. Loyola takes on the American University Eagles on Friday, September 18, and the Old Dominion Monarchs Sunday, September 20.
On the Eagles: AU comes into the game at 4-2, having won three by shutout. The Eagles have not scored, nor allowed more than two goals in any game this season. Goalkeeper Arianna Efstathiou has 25 saves in the six games, totaling a 0.67 GAA. Kelsey Brasher has two goals this season and has taken twice as many shots (16) as any other Eagle. Mikaila Weaver also has a pair of goals on just five shots.
On the Monarchs: ODU faces its crosstown rival, Radford on Friday before taking on Loyola Sunday. Entering the weekend at 3-4, the Monarchs have dropped three of its last four, but the losses were all by one goal. Ashlee Coutu is the primary offensive weapon with four of the team's seven goals. She also has three assists, as does Victoria Johnson. Bri Alvarado has seen the bulk of the time between the pipes with a 0.80 GAA. Laura Bush has played in 180 minutes on the season and has tallied a 2.00 GAA.
Series History: Loyola is 3-2-2 all-time against American and have won the last two meetings. The Greyhounds beat the Eagles, 1-0, last season in Baltimore. The Greyhounds are winless at American at 0-2-1. The Monarchs have won two of three meetings with Loyola and spoiled the Greyhounds' home opener last year with a 3-2 overtime victory.
Strength of Schedule: In what has become a fixture at Loyola, the Greyhounds have started the season with a brutal non-conference schedule. #8 Wake Forest and Maryland are a combined 14-1 this season. Eastern Michigan is 4-1-1 and Boston University, which is seeking a fifth straight NCAA Tournament Appearance, is 2-3-2. All together, not including this weekend's foes, Loyola's opponents are 27-24-4 (.527) on the season.
Kelly Kelly: A pair of juniors, midfielder Kelly Farrell and back Kelly Thomas, have been vital to the team's early success this season. Farrell, who has a goal and a pair of assists on the season, recorded the game-winner at High Point and assisted on the game-tying and winning goals vs. Lafayette. Thomas, one of the most consistent backs for Loyola so far this season, leads the MAAC with three assists.
Horn Beater: After consecutive losses to ACC schools, Loyola nearly dropped a third straight, but senior midfielder Christina Gomez' goal with one second left in regulation vs. Boston University prevented that. The goal was Gomez' 20th career score and second straight game with a goal.
Three Straight?: Attempting to start 3-0 for the first time in program history, Loyola fell to then #26 Wake Forest, 2-1, at Wake's Spry Stadium. Despite a game-tying goal by Tessa McClenahan in the 13th minute, Wake took the lead in the 65th minute to hold on to the win. Wake Forest is now #8 in the NSCAA poll as of September 15.
Starting Off With a Bang: With two goals and an assist in her first three games as a collegian, freshman midfielder Tessa McClenahan was named the MAAC Rookie of the Week on August 30. Graduate student forward Theresa Ferraina was named the conference's offensive player of the week that same day with two goals and a pair of assists.
Goose-Eggs: The Greyhounds got off to a quick 2-0 start behind a pair of shutouts by senior goalkeeper Brittany Henderson. The 2007 MAAC Defensive Player of the Year was not tested often as a stout defensive line held the Mountaineers and Panthers to just eight shots combined.
Gotta Go To Lowe's: Much of Loyola's offense this season will go through graduate student forward Theresa Ferraina. On August 26, Ferraina was named one of 30 women's soccer players around the country to be nominated for this year's Lowe's Senior Class Award. An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award honors the attributes of senior student-athletes in four areas: classroom, community, character and competition.
Trio Picked To Preseason Team: Senior defender Heather Cooke, junior midfielder Kelly Farrell and Ferraina were selected to the MAAC Preseason All-Conference team.
Right Where They Left Off: After finishing as the runner-up to Fairfield at the MAAC Tournament, the Greyhounds were picked second, behind the defending champion Stags in the MAAC Preseason Poll.