Women's Soccer Opens Four-Match Homestand Friday Against Villanova

Sept. 26, 2008

BALTIMORE - The Loyola women's soccer team returns to campus for two matches this weekend, beginning a four-game homestand on Diane Geppi-Aikens Field.

Fresh off a 2-2 double-overtime tie at Bucknell, one in which the Greyhounds dominated the second period and both overtimes, Loyola (0-5-2 overall) hosts Villanova on Friday, September 26, 2008, at 4 p.m., and then takes on American at 1 p.m. on Sunday, September 28, 2008.

Villanova comes to Geppi-Aikens Field with a top-30 ranking, as the Wildcats are tabbed 28th nationally in both the adidas/NSCAA and SoccerBuzz Magazine polls.

Last weekend, the Wildcats (7-2 overall, 0-2 BIG EAST) lost their first match of the 2008 season, a 3-0 decision to Georgetown. That match was followed by a 5-0 loss in their second BIG EAST Confernece match of the year on Monday at Rutgers.

Loyola and Villanova have faced two common opponents this season, San Diego State and La Salle, which were also part of the Villanova Classic that the Greyhounds took part in but did not play the host school.

Villanova defeated both teams by a 3-2 margin, while the Greyhounds tied San Diego State, 3-3, and lost to La Salle, 2-1.

Erin Hardiman leads the Wildcats in scoring this season, tallying three goals and eight assists for 14 total points through nine games. Molly Williams has recorded a 1.86 goals against average, posting one shutout, in goal for Villanova.

American (3-6-1) will be looking to snap a four-match losing skid on Sunday when it comes to the Evergreen campus.

After defeating Towson, 1-0, on September 14, the Eagles have not scored a goal and lost four matches in a row. They traveled to the New York City area last weekend where they were shutout, 5-0, at Columbia and 2-0 at Long Island.

On Tuesday, George Washington defeated American, 1-0, when the Colonials scored a goal with less than four minutes remaining in the match.

American started the season with an overtime loss, 2-1, at Georgetown, then fell, 2-1, to Ohio University. The Eagles rebounded, however, going 3-0-1 with wins over UMBC, Mount St. Mary's and Towson, and a tie against Maryland, in their next three matches.

Kelly Brasher leads the Eagles in scoring this season with four goals and an assist for nine points. Kelsey Wiggins and Arianna Efstathiou have split time in goal for American and combined for a 0.96 goals against average.

Last Sunday at Bucknell, the Greyhounds got off to a rocky start, spotting the Bison two goals in the first 33 minutes of the match.

Senior Kristina Balfoort scored in the 39th minute off an assist from senior Theresa Ferraina, and that started a stretch that Loyola dominated possession and chances for the rest of the match.

Ferraina tallied the game-tying goal in the 79th minute. Sophomore Kelly Farrell started a run and crossed a ball to senior Lea Day on the left side. Day beat her defender to the endline and fed Ferraina near the six-yard box for the goal.

Senior goalkeeper Amanda Piccirilli, made her second-straight start for the Greyhounds, and had six saves for the Greyhounds.

Both games this weekend will feature free audio broadcasts on the internet, and admission is free of charge.