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Women's Soccer Travels To Boston To Take On BU Saturday Afternoon

Oct. 2, 2015

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Opponent Boston University Terriers
Date Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015
Time 1 p.m.
Location Boston, Mass.| Nickerson Field
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TOP DOGS
• The Loyola University Maryland women’s soccer team travels to Boston University Saturday, Oct. 3, to take on the Terriers at 1 p.m.
• The Greyhounds and the Terriers are tied for first in the Patriot League standings with seven points apiece.
• Entering Saturday’s matchup, the two sides are unbeaten in Patriot League play after three games, 2-0-1.

ABOUT THE GREYHOUNDS
• Loyola is coming off a 2-1 overtime victory to American University Wednesday night at Ridley Athletic Complex.
• The Greyhounds closed out the month of September with a 4-1-1 record.
• This year, Loyola is unbeaten when scoring two goals in a match.
• The Greyhounds have scored seven of their 11 total goals in the 45th minute or later.
• Of the four first-half goals, three have been scored in the first six minutes of the match.
• Senior Rosy Hayes leads the Greyhounds with six goals and 14 points. She is tied for third among Patriot League competitors in points and goals.
• Hayes scored the game-winner in three of Loyola’s four victories, scoring against Saint Francis (Pa.), UMBC and Lafayette. She leads the League in game-winning goals.
• Junior Jess Soldiviero is second on the team with five points on one goal and three assists, while senior Charlotte Miller has scored two goals.
• Senior Riley Piechnick and junior Nicole Wahlig have netted one goal each, while freshmen Julianna Cabrera and Jourdan Ziff , along with sophomore Alyssa Bonnesen and junior Morgan Crable , have each assisted one goal this season.
• Graduate student Colleen Folan has played 890:28 minutes, posting a 1.62 goals-against average and a .709 save percentage. She has allowed 16 goals and stopped 39 shots.
Head coach Naomi Meiburger is in her second season on the Greyhounds’ sideline.

UP NEXT
• Loyola travels to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, to take on Lehigh University Saturday, Oct. 10, at 7 p.m.

LAST TIME OUT
• Senior Riley Piechnick scored the game-winning goal in overtime to lift Loyola over American, 2-1, Wednesday night at Ridley Athletic Complex.
• Piechnick’s goal in the 96th minute was the first of her career.
• For the third-straight contest, Loyola scored the first goal of the game. Senior Charlotte Miller scored off a through ball from junior Jess Soldiviero and sophomore Alyssa Bonnesen
• American found its equalizer in the 55th minute.
• Loyola outshot American, 14-6, and held a 7-4 advantage in corner kicks. 
• Graduate student Colleen Folan played all 95:41 minutes and recorded four saves.

ABOUT BOSTON UNIVERSITY
• Boston University is 4-4-3 overall and 2-0-1 in Patriot League play.
• BU is coming off a 2-0 victory over Colgate for its second Patriot League shutout of the season.
• The Terriers opened League play with a 4-0 win over Bucknell and a 1-1 double-overtime tie at American, respectively.
• Since tying Central Connecticut State on September 11, Boston University has gone on a six-game unbeaten streak, posting a 4-0-2 record and a 2-0-1 mark in the Patriot League.
• Four Terriers have two goals this season, including Clare Pleuler, McKenna Doyle, Erin Neville and Erica Kosienski. Pleuler leads the team with six points on two goals and two assists.
• In goal, Alyssa Parisi has played 990:31 minutes, giving up 11 goals for a 1.00 goals-against average. She’s also stopped 41 shots for a .788 save percentage.

SERIES WITH THE TERRIERS
• Loyola is 1-2-1 all-time when facing Boston University and 1-1-0 since the two sides joined the Patriot League in 2013.
• Last year, the Greyhounds handed BU its only Patriot League loss of the season. Loyola defeated the Terriers, 1-0, Saturday, Oct. 18, at Ridley Athletic Complex.
• Junior Morgan Crable used a throw in to set up senior Charlotte Miller 20 yards out. The forward took a right-footed shot that sailed over the head of the Terriers’ goalkeeper Alyssa Parisi and into the top right corner of the goal.
• In their first meeting as Patriot League foes, the Terriers topped the Greyhounds, 1-0, at Nickerson Field.
• In 2009, the Greyhounds welcomed BU to Baltimore, Maryland, for the first time in program history. The match ended in a 1-1- double-overtime draw. Two years later, Loyola traveled to Boston and lost 3-0 in a non-conference matchup on August 27, 2011.

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.

FIRST TO SCORE WINS GALORE
• Dating back to the 2010 season, Loyola has amassed a record of 37-5-7 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.
• This year, Loyola is unbeaten when scoring first. The Greyhounds are 4-0-1.

THE NEED FOR SPEED
• Senior captains Rosy Hayes and Charlotte Miller have wasted no time putting Loyola on the scoreboard this season. In three separate matches, the duo has combined for three goals in the first six minutes of action.
• On Friday, Sept. 11, Hayes scored her first of two goals only 3:12 into the contest at UMBC. She went on to score an insurance goal in the second half, becoming the first player to score multiple goals in a game since Nichole Schiro recorded a hat trick against Niagara University on October 19, 2012.
• Three games later, Hayes and the Greyhounds traveled to Annapolis, Maryland, to take on Navy Saturday, Sept. 26. The midfielder scored the match’s first goal in less than six minutes. After giving up two goals in the second half, the Greyhounds went on to rally for a 2-2 double-overtime tie against the Midshipmen, scoring in the 88th minute to force overtime.
• In the following match, Miller scored her second goal of the season against the American Eagles with 42:15 remaining in the first half. Loyola went on to defeat American, 2-1, in an overtime thriller Wednesday, Sept. 30, at Ridley Athletic Complex.

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.

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.