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American Visits Ridley For Women's Soccer Matchup Wednesday

Sept. 28, 2015

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Opponent American University Eagles
Date Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015
Time 7 p.m.
Location Baltimore, Md. | Ridley Athletic Complex
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MIDWEEK MATCHUP
• The Loyola University Maryland women’s soccer team will close out the month of September hosting American University Wednesday night at the Ridley Athletic Complex. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m.
• Wednesday’s matchup will be the first of two Patriot League midweek games for the Greyhounds. Loyola’s second Wednesday night game will be on the road at Bucknell University on October 21. 
• Loyola will host Youth Night on Wednesday. All kids wearing their youth soccer jersey will receive free admission with an adult ticket purchase. Kids can come to the game early and participate in the team tunnel, as well as stay after for autographs with the Greyhounds’ women’s soccer team.

ABOUT THE GREYHOUNDS
• Loyola is 3-5-1 this season and coming off a 2-2 double-overtime draw at Navy Saturday night.
• The Greyhounds are unbeaten in Patriot League play this season, going 1-0-1.
• On Saturday, Loyola recorded its second-straight multi-goal game and its fourth this season.
• Senior Rosy Hayes leads the Greyhounds with six goals and 13 points.
• Junior Jess Soldiviero is second on the team with four points on one goal and two assists, while senior Charlotte Miller and junior Nicole Wahlig have netted one goal each, scoring against Patriot League-foes Lafayette and Navy, respectively.
• Freshmen Julianna Cabrera and Jourdan Ziff , along with junior Morgan Crable and senior Riley Piechnick , have each assisted one goal this season.
• Hayes scored the game-winner in all three victories over Saint Francis (Pa.), UMBC and Lafayette.
• Graduate student Colleen Folan and freshman Sumer Rahe have each recorded playing time in goal for the Greyhounds. Folan has played 794:47 minutes, while Rahe made her collegiate debut at Temple and has played a total of 60:18 minutes this season.
Head coach Naomi Meiburger is in her second season on the Greyhounds’ sideline.

UP NEXT
• Loyola travels to Boston University to take on the Terriers Saturday, Oct. 3, at 1 p.m.

LAST TIME OUT
• Loyola used a goal by junior Nicole Wahlig in the 88th minute to complete its second-half rally and secure a 2-2 double-overtime tie at Navy Saturday night.
• Despite holding a one-goal lead heading into halftime, the Greyhounds gave up back-to-back goals early in the second half to fall behind 2-1 with 35 minutes remaining in regulation.
• While looking for their equalizer, the Greyhounds were awarded a corner kick in the 88th minute and lofted the ball into the box. Navy’s defense denied the attempt, but freshman Jourdan Ziff collected the ball at the endline and sent it out to senior Rosy Hayes on the left side of the field. Hayes crossed the ball into the center of the box and Wahlig headed it in to tie the game, 2-2, with two minutes left to play in regulation.
• Hayes gave Loyola it’s early first-half lead when she entered the box and booted a shot that was blocked by a Navy defender. Hayes collected the rebound and put it away for the game’s first goal.
• Loyola outshot Navy, 19-15, and recorded more corner kicks than the Mids, 6-3. 
• Graduate student Colleen Folan played all 110 minutes and recorded two saves.

ABOUT AMERICAN
• The Eagles are 3-6-1 overall and 0-1-1 in the Patriot League.
• American is coming off a 1-1 double-overtime draw against Boston University last Saturday afternoon.
• The Eagles were two minutes away from defeating the two-time Patriot League Champions, but BU struck late and forced two overtime periods in the District of Columbia.
• Kelly Donovan and Audrey Denkler lead the team with two goals each, while Yari Bradfield has recorded one goal and two assists this season.
• Both Charlene Belanger and Courtney Bembenek have seen playing time in goal for the Eagles, playing 650:00 minutes and 277:48 minutes, respectively. Belanger has started seven of the team’s 10 games this season, giving up 10 goals and stopping 35 shots for a 1.38 goals-against average and .778 save percentage.
• The Eagles were picked to finish 10th in the Patriot League Preseason Poll.

SERIES WITH THE EAGLES
• American is Loyola’s longest standing rival in the Patriot League, as the two sides have met a total of 12 times.
• Loyola holds the advantage in the series, 8-2-2, and has won the last seven meetings.
• In the last seven matchups, Loyola has outscored American, 15-1.
• The Greyhounds’ first-ever Patriot League victory was recorded against the Eagles on Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013. That year, Loyola defeated American, 2-0, at Ridley Athletic Complex.

PATRIOT LEAGUE DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
• On Monday, Sept. 14, junior Nicole Wahlig earned Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week honors.
• The East Meadow, New York native helped the Greyhounds to a 1-1-0 week. Wahlig and the defense recorded the first clean sheet of the season against UMBC Friday, Sept. 11. That same week, the center-back recorded three shots against the Retrievers and Towson Tigers in the Battle of Baltimore.

PATRIOT LEAGUE GOALKEEPER OF THE WEEK
• Graduate student Colleen Folan was named the Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Week on Monday, Sept. 14.
• The veteran goalkeeper stopped four shots in the Greyhounds’ 1-0 win versus UMBC. Folan and the defense held UMBC, averaging 13.5 shots coming into the contest, to just six shots throughout the 90 minutes.

PATRIOT LEAGUE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
• Freshman Jourdan Ziff was named the Corvias Patriot League Rookie of the Week on Monday, Sept. 28.
• The Temecula, California, native recorded an assist on Loyola’s game-tying goal at Navy on Saturday, Sept. 26. Ziff and the Greyhounds played the Midshipmen to a 2-2 double-overtime draw, collecting one point in Patriot League play.

BETTER LATE THAN NEVER
• Of Loyola’s 92 shots taken this season, 55 have occurred in the 45th minute or later.
• The Greyhounds have only taken 37 shots in the first half, playing a more defensive game in the first 45 minutes of each game this season.

ROSY’S ROCKET
• Senior Rosy Hayes has packed some power behind her shot this year. In four of her six goals, she has found the back of the net from more than 20 yards out.
• In the season opener against the University of Delaware, Hayes struck the ball from 20-plus yards on the high-right side of the field. The ball curled under the crossbar and tipped the fingers of the Blue Hens’ goalkeeper and fell into the back of the goal for Loyola’s first goal of the season.
• Two weeks later, the Northport, New York, native score the game-winning goal against Saint Francis (Pa.) once again scoring from 20 yards out. The senior blasted a shot from the central part of the field and made a line drive into the back of the net in the 75th minute against the Red Flash.
• In the fourth minute, Hayes scored from 20 yards out against UMBC, scoring the first of two goals in the first game of the Battle of Baltimore. The senior captain became the first player to score multiple goals in a game since Nichole Schiro recorded a hat trick against Niagara University on October 19, 2012.
• Hayes scored the game-winning goal in the conference opener against Lafayette College, Saturday, Sept. 19. The midfielder drove a right-footed shot from 20 yards out that glanced of a Lafayette player and changed directions. It went into the right corner of the goal in the 98th minute for the Greyhounds’ victory.

HIT THE ROAD JACK
• Of the seven non-conference games this season, Loyola played five-straight matches on the road against Temple University, Cornell University, St. Francis (Pa.), UMBC and Towson University.
• During that time, the Greyhounds went 2-3-0.
• The last time Loyola played in five-straight non-conference road games was in 2006. The Greyhounds opened the season with five-consecutive away games, including a tournament in Tempe, Arizona. That season, Loyola went on to win the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference regular season, going 10-7-2 overall and 8-1-0 in conference play.

FIRST TO SCORE WINS GALORE
• Dating back to the 2010 season, Loyola has amassed a record of 36-5-7 when scoring the first goal of the match.
• Of the five times when the Greyhounds have relinquished their lead, three came during the 2010 season.

COLLEGIATE DEBUTS
• In the first two games of the season, eight freshmen made their collegiate debut.
Kaisa Aalto , Julianna Cabrera and Kate Reese started the season opener against Delaware, while Mia Sardella saw playing time against the Blue Hens.
• Two days later, Lexy Andrews , Cassidy Griffith , Sarah Ensor and Jourdan Ziff also took the field for the first time in their collegiate career against the Monmouth Hawks. 
• Freshman goalkeeper Sumer Rahe made her collegiate debut at Temple University, playing 15 in goal for the Greyhounds and making two saves against the Owls.

PATRIOT LEAGUE PRESEASON POLL
• Loyola was picked to finish sixth in the 2015 Patriot League Preseason Poll.
• Boston University, which has captured the tournament title in each of its first two seasons as a member institution, was picked as the favorite to win the Patriot League women’s soccer title, collecting 11 first-place votes and 155 points.
• Colgate University checked in second with 147 points. The Raiders, who finished first in the 2014 regular-season, received seven first-place votes. Navy took third with a total of 135 points and the final two first-place votes.
• Army West Point polled fourth for the second-consecutive season with 103 points, while Bucknell University was fifth with 92 points. Loyola took sixth with 76 points, six more than Lehigh University at seventh. College of the Holy Cross grabbed the eighth spot with 64 points, while Lafayette College took ninth with 35 points and American University rounded out the poll in 10th place with 23 points.

TEAM CAPTAINS
• Graduate student Colleen Folan , along with seniors Rosy Hayes and Charlotte Miller were named captains for the 2015 season.
• This will be the second-straight season Folan has been a team captain.

2014 RECAP
• Loyola finished the 2014 regular season 6-8-4 overall and 2-3-4 in the Patriot League. The Greyhounds tied for the sixth seed with Lehigh University, but earned a spot in the Patriot League Tournament due to the league’s tiebreaker procedure.
• Then-senior defender Kelly Santangelo was named to the All-Patriot League First Team, while graduate student Colleen Folan and senior Charlotte Miller were voted to the second team.
• Thirteen of Loyola’s 18 regular-season games resulted in a difference of one goal or less. Conversely, all six of the squad’s wins last season were shutout victories. 

OVER THE AIRWAYS
• Loyola fans will be able to follow every home match of the 2015 season by watching the Patriot League Network powered by Campus Insiders. To listen to Glenn Clark and Jamie Watson’s call, fans can go to the women’s soccer schedule page at LoyolaGreyhounds.com, and click on the video link next to the appropriate match.