Women's Soccer Continues Early Success

Sept. 28, 2004

Baltimore, Md. - The Loyola College women's soccer team looks to continue its early season success this week after a 4-3 start and most recently a 3-2 double overtime win over James Madison on Saturday, Sept. 25. Loyola faces local opponent Maryland Tuesday night and then begins its Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference schedule this coming weekend.

"We've had a great start so far this season," head coach Joe Mallia said. "We built a competitive non-conference schedule and have been competitive ourselves with that schedule. I think that is a symbol of growth for our program."

The Greyhounds have spent the entire season ranked in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America regional poll in the Mid Atlantic region. This week, Loyola moved up to seventh after its win over JMU.

"Week in and week out, we look at the regional rankings but any coach should take them with a grain of salt," Mallia said. "But the NSCAA poll is put together and voted on by college coaches and it shows a great deal of respect to be ranked by them."

Here's a look at this week's poll

Rank School Record
1 Virginia 9-0-0
2 Penn State 7-1-1
3 Princeton 6-1-0
4 Villanova 9-1-0
5 West Virginia 8-2-0
6 Virginia Tech 6-3-0
7 Loyola 4-3-0
8 James Madison 5-3-1
Maryland 3-3-1
10 America 7-1-1

"Ultimately, any coaching staff will judge their success of their program on the field and not by rankings but as a staff we are very pleased with our teams play and the start we've had this season," Mallia said,

The Greyhounds face the Terrapins, who are ranked tied for eighth in the Mid Atlantic poll tonight at 7:00 on Ludwig Field in College Park. This weekend, Loyola will open its MAAC schedule on Friday, October 1st at Marist and Sunday, October 3rd at Siena.