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Lehigh Hosts Women's Soccer Saturday Evening

Oct. 7, 2015

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Opponent Lehigh Mountain Hawks
Date Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015
Time 7 p.m.
Location Bethlehem, Pa. | Ulrich Sports Complex
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LOYOLA UNIVERSITY MARYLAND
• Loyola University Maryland women’s soccer will make the trip north to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, to take on Lehigh Saturday at 7 p.m.
• Coming off its first loss in nearly three weeks Friday at Boston University, the Greyhounds will look to bounce back Saturday against the Mountain Hawks. 

ABOUT THE GREYHOUNDS
• Loyola is coming off a 4-1 loss to two-time Patriot League Tournament Champion Boston University Saturday afternoon at Nickerson Field.
• This year, Loyola is unbeaten when scoring two goals in a match.
• The Greyhounds have scored eight of their 12 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 fourth among Patriot League competitors in points and tied for third in goals.
• Hayes scored the game-winner in three of Loyola’s four victories, scoring against Saint Francis (Pa.), UMBC and Lafayette. She is tied for the lead in the League in game-winning goals.
• Junior Jess Soldiviero and senior Charlotte Miller each have five points apiece, while freshman Julianna Cabrera and senior Riley Piechnick have netted one goal and one assist for three points this season.
• After scoring the game-tying goal against Navy, junior Nicole Wahlig is sixth on the team with two points.
• Freshman Jourdan Ziff , sophomore Alyssa Bonnesen and junior Morgan Crable , have each assisted one goal this season.
• Graduate student Colleen Folan has played 935:28 minutes, posting a 1.73 goals-against average and a .695 save percentage. She has allowed 18 goals and stopped 41 shots. Freshman Sumer Rahe has also spent time in goal for Loyola, collecting six saves for a .750 save percentage.
Head coach Naomi Meiburger is in her second season on the Greyhounds’ sideline.

UP NEXT
• Loyola welcomes Army West Point to Ridley Athletic Complex on Saturday, Oct. 17. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

LAST TIME OUT
• Loyola fell to Boston University, 4-1, Saturday afternoon at the Terriers’ Nickerson Field.
• Boston University scored four-straight goals before freshman Julianna Cabrera recorded her first collegiate goal from senior Charlotte Miller in the 70th minute.
• Graduate student Colleen Folan and freshman Sumer Rahe split time in goal for the Greyhounds. The duo collected two saves apiece.

ABOUT LEHIGH
• Lehigh is 5-4-3 overall, but with a 0-2-2 record in League play, is looking for its first Patriot League victory.
• The Mountain Hawks are also looking for their first League goal of the season, after tying Holy Cross and Colgate, 0-0, and being shutout by both service academies.
• Lehigh is unbeaten at home this season, going 2-0-3.
• Sabrina Mertz leads the team with 15 points and is third in the League in points per game. This season, she has scored six goals and recorded three assists.
• A total of 17 Mountain Hawks have contributed to the team’s offensive effort, recording at least one goal or one assist.
• In goal, Ani Nahapetian has played 1132:37 minutes and has given up 13 goals, while stopping 71 shots for a 1.03 goals-against average and a .845 save percentage.

SERIES WITH THE MOUNTAIN HAWKS
• Loyola leads the series, 3-1-1.
• The Greyhounds shutout the Mountain Hawks, 2-0, in the first two meetings in 1995 and 1996.
• The two sides wouldn’t meet for another 10 years, when Lehigh traveled to Baltimore on October 3, 2006. The Greyhounds defeated the Mountain Hawks, 4-1.
• The next meeting did not occur until 2013 when the Greyhounds joined the Mountain Hawks as a member of the Patriot League.
• In their first Patriot League matchup, the Mountain Hawks topped the Greyhounds, 2-1.
• Last year, the two teams played to a scoreless draw at Ridley Athletic Complex.
• Throughout the series, Loyola has outscored Lehigh, 9-3.

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.