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Women's Soccer Heads to Buffalo For Matches At Canisius, Niagara

Oct. 17, 2007

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Up Next: Loyola hits the road for two games this weekend, as the Greyhounds head to the Buffalo, N.Y., area to face Canisius and Niagara. Loyola faces the Golden Griffins at 7 p.m. on Friday, October 19, then squares off versus the Purple Eagles on Sunday, October 21, at 12 p.m.

Ferraina Finds A Way: Loyola junior Theresa Ferraina scored the game-winning, and only, goal of a 1-0 defeat of Rider on Saturday, October 13. Ferraina started the offensive series with a corner kick from the right side. After the ball was knocked out of the box, Ferraina gathered it and struck a left-footed shot that found the top corner of the goal. She leads the team in goals (6) and points (12) through 12 games in 2007.

Three For The Wall: Brittany Henderson will have another award to put on her wall after earning her third MAAC Defensive Player of the Week Award for last weekend's 1-0 shutout of Rider. Henderson did not allow a goal and made one save in the match.

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 its third-straight shutout over the weekend against Rider. The Greyhounds have not allowed a goal in over 300 minutes since the 80th minute of the Bucknell match. Loyola has not allowed a goal in conference play and has yielded just 11 shots, six on goal, in three MAAC matches.

The Last Time: Friday's match against Canisius will be the 16th meeting all-time between the programs with Loyola winning the previous 15. Last season, Loyola defeated the Golden Griffins, 4-0, as Christina Gomez had a goal and an assist. Loyola has played Niagara 16 times in the past and was victorious in every contest. Last year's game was one of the tightest, as the Purple Eagles took a 2-0 lead in the first 16 minutes. The Greyhounds responded with three goals of their own in the next 22 minutes. Courtney Arikian's goal in the 39th minute was the eventual winner. Gomez scored twice in that game, the second multi-goal game of her career.

The Golden Griffins: Canisius is 5-7-1 overall, 2-2-0 in the MAAC, entering its contest against Loyola. The Golden Griffins split two matches, a 1-0 loss to Manhattan and a 7-1 defeat of Saint Peter's last weekend. Amanda Janosky was named MAAC Offensive Player of the Week after tallying four goals in the win over the Peahens.

The Purple Eagles: Niagara enters the weekend with a 8-5-0 overall record and 3-1 mark in the MAAC. Brittany Bisnott leads the team with nine goals and four assists for 22 points, and Stephanie Gartley has contributed five goals. Last weekend, the Purple Eagles picked up two conference wins with 4-0 and 2-1 triumphs over Saint Peter's and Manhattan, respectively. They face Rider on Friday, prior to their matchup against the Greyhounds.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 seven 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 29-17-3 record since taking over as head coach and is 19-1-1 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.