Women's Soccer Hosts Rider On Saturday In MAAC Home Opener

Sept. 28, 2009

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Game 13
Promotion: Alumni Day
Opponent: Rider Broncs (4-6-1)
Date: Saturday, October 3
Where: Baltimore, Md.
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Media: Video and Gametracker

MAAC Home Opener
Loyola (6-4-2, 2-0-0 MAAC) finally returns home after playing its last six games on the road. After defeating both Niagara and Canisius by 2-1 scores, Loyola takes on the Rider Broncs in its MAAC home opener Saturday at 1:00 p.m. Loyola have won 13 straight MAAC home openers with its last loss coming in 1995 to Saint Peter's, 1-0, in overtime and are 16-1 overall in MAAC home openers.

15 Years In The Making
The 2009 season marks the 15th anniversary of Loyola's first MAAC Regular Season and Tournament Title. Several members of the `94 team will be in attendance and will be honored at halftime.

Last Time Out
The Greyhounds are coming off back-to-back 2-1 road victories over Niagara and Canisius, both were come-from-behind efforts. After trailing 1-0 at Niagara, Kelly Thomas scored her first goal of the season on a loose ball and she was involved in Maggie Ebner's game-winner just five minutes after. Thomas also assisted on Nichole Schiro's game-tying goal at Canisius. Kelly Farrell scored the game-winner from 35-yards out just 63 seconds after tying the match.

Rider fell, 3-1 at Canisius and 2-1 at Niagara over the weekend. Lauren Musumeci and Claire Thompson scored the goals for the Broncs in unassisted fashion. Rider was outshot, 40-11 on the weekend. Alex Post made eight saves at Canisius, while Jenn Nichols stopped five shots at Niagara.

On the Broncs
Lauren Musumeci leads the attack with six goals and an assist, while Claire Thompson and Angela Lozupone have a pair each. Three other Broncs have scored a goal on the season. Musumeci has taken 29 shots and no other player has taken more than nine. Alex Post (1.86 GAA) and Jenn Nichols (1.42 GAA) have split time in net with Post starting eight of the team's 11 games.

Series History
The Greyhounds have never lost to Rider, going 15-0-2 all-time against the Broncs. Loyola is 6-0-0 at home vs. Rider. The ties came in the 2001 MAAC Semi's (Loyola won on PKs) and last season in scoreless fashion. Loyola outshot Rider, 23-0 on the day, but Alex Post made ten saves.

Strength of Schedule
In what has become a fixture at Loyola, the Greyhounds started the season with a brutal non-conference schedule. Making matters more difficult was the fact that eight of those first ten games were on the road. Loyola's non-conference opponents are now a combined 45-47-16 (.491). Taking away games against Mount St. Mary's, High Point and Lafayette, Greyhounds non-conference opponents are a combined 39-25-14 (.590). Highlighting the schedule so far has been #7 Wake Forest and #18 Maryland.

Up Next
The Greyhounds host MAAC rivals Marist and Siena. The Red Foxes come to Baltimore Friday, October 9 for a late afternoon showdown, while the Saints enter the Charm City Sunday, October 11.

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.

Henderson Defensive Player of the Week
After just missing out on the honor in the first weekly release, goalkeeper Brittany Henderson was named the MAAC Defensive Player of the Week on September 21. Henderson allowed just one goal as the Greyhounds went 1-0-1 at American and old Dominion. The 2-0 shutout win over the Eagles was the senior's conference-leading third shutout of the season.

Fab Four Freshmen
Freshmen Nichole Schiro (3g, 2a), Tessa McClenahan (2g, 1a), Lauren Norcia (2a) and Jennifer Thornton (5 sh) have all played in all ten games this season for the Greyhounds. The fab four have combined for five goals, five assists and 40 shots. McClenahan won the conference Rookie of the Week honor on August 31.

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 two goals and a pair of assists on the season, recorded the game-winners at High Point and Canisius and assisted on the game-tying and winning goals vs. Lafayette. Thomas, one of the most consistent players for Loyola so far this season, has a goal and a team-leading four assists.

Different Weekend, Different Result
After a tough weekend at VCU, Loyola closed out the non-conference portion of the schedule with a 2-0 shutout victory over American, and a 1-1 tie at Old Dominion. Nichole Schiro and Theresa Ferraina recorded a goal and an assist on the weekend, while Christina Gomez scored her team-leading fourth goal to put away American.

Long Weekend at VCU
After receiving a red card midway through the second half at VCU, Brittany Henderson was replaced in goal by freshman Danielle Ippolito. As head coach Katherine Vettori gambled, pushing the midfielders forward, the Greyhounds allowed two goals in the final 15 minutes. Ippolito was forced to start for Henderson vs. Eastern Michigan, and while Ippolito played well, the Greyhounds fell, 5-0 to the Eagles.

After consecutive losses to ACC schools, Loyola nearly dropped a 3rd straight, but senior midfielder Christina Gomez' goal with one second in regulation vs. Boston University prevented that. The goal was Gomez' 20th career score and second straight game with a goal.

Home Opener
After falling behind less than a minute into the game, Christina Gomez and Nichole Schiro punched in goals to take a 2-1 lead over Lafayette. The Leopards scored five minutes later, forcing the game into overtime before sophomore Maggie Ebner headed in the game-winner at 97:38.

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 8.

Two Out of Three
Loyola nearly swept the MAAC Weekly honors as Tessa McClenahan (2 goals, 1 assist) and Theresa Ferraina (2 goals, 2 assists) earned Rookie of the Week and Offensive Play of the Week, respectively, to open the season. Goalkeeper Brittany Henderson just missed out from receiving the Defensive Play of the Week award after posting a pair of shutouts. That honor went to GK Kelly Mahoney of Iona.

Trio To Preseason Team
Senior defender Heather Cooke, junior midfielder Kelly Farrell and Ferraina were selected to the MAAC Preseason All-Conference team.

Picked Where They Left Off
After finishing as the runner-up to Fairfield at the MAAC Tournament in 2008, the Greyhounds were picked second, behind the defending champion, Stags, in the MAAC Preseason Poll.