Oct. 9, 2007
Up Next: The Greyhounds play the final game of a four-match homestand on Saturday, October 13, when they host Rider University at 1:30 p.m. The game will be played on Diane Geppi-Aikens Field, and admission is free.
Offensive Output: Loyola's nine goals in a shutout win over Saint Peter's were the most ever scored by the Greyhounds in a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference game, eclipsing the eight scored against Rider during the 2001 regular-season. The nine goals are also the third-most in a single game in school history. Loyola's 2002 team scored 13 against Delaware State and 12 versus Howard during the 1997 season.
Farrell Earns Rookie Award: Kelly Farrell was named the MAAC Rookie of the Week following a 2-goal, 1-assist performance against Saint Peter's on Sunday. Farrell's second-half goals were the first of her collegiate career, as was her assist. Farrell has played in eight games this season and has 10 shots. She sat out last season with an injury and retained a year of eligibility.
Collegiate Firsts: Three Loyola players scored their first collegiate goals on Sunday against Saint Peter's. Kristina Balfoort and Kelly Farrell each tallied two goals and an assist, while Marissa Greco added a goal.
Defensively Speaking: Loyola's defense posted two shutouts over the weekend with 200 minutes of scoreless play. The Greyhounds have not allowed a goal in over 210 minutes since the 80th minute of the Bucknell match.
The Last Time: Saturday's match against the Broncs will be the 16th all-time between the programs with the Greyhounds coming out ahead in the 15 previous meetings. Loyola is 14-0-1 all-time against Rider with the tie coming in the 2001 MAAC Semifinals, a match that Loyola came out on the positive end of with a 5-4 advantage in penalty kicks. Last season, the Greyhounds used goals from three different players to defeat the host Broncs, 3-0, on September 30, 2006.
The Broncs: Rider fell to 4-4-3 overall, 1-1-0 in the MAAC, after a 1-0 loss to Manhattan last Saturday. The Broncs take on Delaware State on Tuesday prior to playing the Greyhounds. Lauren Musumeci leads the team with five goals with 12 points, while Kara Perkoski leads the team with four assists.
Henderson Honored (Again): Loyola sophomore goalkeeper Brittany Henderson earned weekly honors for the second time this season on October 1 from the MAAC office. She shared Defensive Player of the Week laurels with Manhattan goalkeeper Alicia DeFino after posting a 3-0 shutout against Richmond.
Henderson Honored (Part One): Henderson earned several accolades for her performance at the September 7-9 Hawthorne Suites Hokie Invitational in Blacksburg, Va., In addition to being named the MAAC Defensive Player of the Week, Henderson earned Defensive Player of the Week honors from the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC). She was then named to the SoccerBuzz Magazine Elite Team of the Week.
Assisting the Cause: Loyola's eight assists against Saint Peter's were the most in a single game since having 11 against Howard in 1997.
Taking Their Shots: Each of the last six games have seen the Greyhounds take 13 or more shots, the four highest totals they've had this year. Loyola took 17, then a season-high, at Colorado College, 13 at Richmond, 14 at Central Florida and 16 against Bucknell. Last weekend, Loyola took 17 shots versus Manhattan and a season-high 29 versus Saint Peter's.
Preseason Picks: The Greyhounds were picked by MAAC coaches to win the conference title this year. Loyola received 93 votes, while Niagara and Fairfield were close behind with 87 and 86, respectively. Three Loyola players were named to the Preseason All-MAAC Team, backs Brynn McGrath and Sarra Moller and midfielder Lea Day.
Looking Back: Loyola finished the 2007 season with a 10-7-2 record and regular-season Metro Atlantic Conference crown. The Greyhounds, however, lost in the MAAC Semifinals to Siena, 1-0. Carolyn Kennington led the Loyola offense with 17 total points (6 goals, 5 assists), while Courtney Arikian had seven goals and two assists. Christina Gomez scored six goals and had four assists during her freshman season. Head Coach John Byford was named MAAC Coach of the Year, and 11 players earned postseason recognition from the conference. Arikian and Sarra Moller were named to the All-MAAC First Team.
Head Coach John Byford: The 2007 season will be John Byford's third as head women's soccer coach at Loyola. He has compiled a 28-17-3 record since taking over as head coach and is 18-1-1 in MAAC competition, winning conference regular-season crowns in each of the last two years. In 2006, Byford was honored by his peers as the MAAC Coach of the Year. Prior to his role as head coach, Byford was an assistant coach at Loyola for two seasons.