Women's Soccer Visits Rider On Saturday For MAAC Contest

Oct. 16, 2008

Going on the road for the second time in as many weekends, the Loyola women's soccer team has a good experience from last weekend to look back on.

Last Friday, the Greyhounds dominated Saint Peters, 4-0, as four different players found the net for the balanced Greyhounds team, which outshot the Peahens, 24-5.

Two days later, Loyola again showed its toughness with a gritty 1-1 draw of Manhattan. The tie stretched Loyola's unbeaten streak to a season-high seven games.

Trailing 1-0 nine minutes into the second period, Loyola defender Heather Cooke got the equalizer on a header that came off a right-to-left deflected free kick from Theresa Ferraina. Midfielder Kelly Farrell was credited with the assist on the deflected ball.

The Greyhounds (5-5-3 overall, 3-0-1 MAAC) had some productive scoring opportunities later on in the contest, as did the Jaspers, but neither team could find the net. Brittany Henderson made seven saves for the Greyhounds, who continue to play stingy defense. Loyola has now allowed just one goal in its last five contests.

"We have played well over the last few weeks, but we need to continue to improve as we hit the middle of our MAAC schedule," Head Coach Katherine Vettori said. "Winning on the road in the conference is very difficult, so we have to be focused and execute what we train for in practices."

Henderson has not been the lone stalwart on defense for the Greyhounds, however. Center backs Sarra Moller and Cooke have led Loyola's with solid play. Moller and Cooke have been supported by strong contributions from Kelly Thomas, Ashley Lunemann, Julianne Bausch, Taylor Santypal and Maggie Ebner in the back.

Loyola hopes to carry over the momentum into the weekend as it visits Rider (2-9-2, 1-3 MAAC) on Saturday. The Broncos went 1-1 on the road last weekend, falling to Manhattan, 4-0, but responding with a 2-1 victory over Saint Peter's on Sunday.

A pair of midfielders pace the Broncos attack. Senior midfielder Kayla Devlin leads the team with three goals, while sophomore Lauren Musumeci has dished out a team-high three assists. The Broncos will be looking for their first win at home of the season. They are 0-3-1 at Rider Campus Field this season.

Loyola blanked Rider, 1-0, at home last year to remain unbeaten in the series. The Greyhounds are 15-0-1 all-time vs. the Broncos.

Game time is scheduled at 1 p.m. in Lawrenceville, N.J.