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Women's Soccer Closes 2007 Home Schedule When Siena, Marist Come to Diane-Geppi Aikens Field

Oct. 24, 2007

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Up Next: Loyola returns to Diane Geppi-Aikens Field for its final two home matches of the 2007 season. The Greyhounds host Siena on Friday, October 26, at 4 p.m., then take on Sunday, October 28, at 1 p.m. The contest against Marist will also be the 2007 Senior Day event.

Two In A Row: Loyola junior Theresa Ferraina scored the Greyhounds' lone goal in a 1-0 win on October 19 at Canisius. The goal was Ferraina's second game-winner in as many matches. She also put the long goal in the net for Loyola in a 1-0 victory against Rider on October 13. The Long Branch, N.J., native leads the team in goals (7) and points (14) through 14 games in 2007.

Defensively Speaking: Loyola's defense posted its fourth- and fifth-straight shutouts over the weekend against Canisius and Niagara. The Greyhounds have not allowed a goal in over 500 minutes since the 80th minute of the Bucknell match. Loyola has not allowed a goal in conference play and has yielded just 35 shots, 14 on goal, in five MAAC matches.

Golden Goalie: Awards are becoming old news for Loyola sophomore goalkeeper Brittany Henderson. She earned her fourth Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week Award (more on the other three later) last week after putting together 200 minutes of scoreless time in goal against Canisius and Niagara. She stopped all seven shots that were put on goal, including one on a penalty kick against the Purple Eagles.

The Last Time: Friday's match against Siena will be the 20th all-time between the programs. Loyola holds a 16-1-2 advantage, but the Saints got the better of the match. The Saints used a goal from Lauren Stys early in the second half to take a lead and held on for a 1-0 win in the 2007 MAAC Semifinals. The Greyhounds defeated Siena, 2-1, during the 2006 regular-season. Loyola holds a 9-1-3 record against Marist entering Sunday's match. Lea Day and Colleen Kinealy scored in the second half, as Loyola beat the Red Foxes, 2-0, on October 15, 1006, in the teams' last meeting.

Evenly Matched: The Greyhounds have been closely matched with their opponents this season in just about every statistical category. The Greyhounds have take one more shot, 185-to-184, and one less shot on goal, 93-to-94, than the opposition.

The Saints: Siena is 6-7-1 overall, 3-2-0 in the MAAC, after winning two matches last weekend. The Saints defeated Manhattan, 3-1, and Saint Peter's, 9-0, in MAAC play. Siena started its three-game winning streak on October 14 with a 2-1 defeat of Iona. Tabitha Tice, who won MAAC Rookie of the Week honors this week, leads the team with seven goals and 16 points. Chelsea Maguire tops the squad with four assists. Patti Carroll has started 10 games in goal and has a 1.86 goals against average.

The Red Foxes: Marist enters the weekend with a 7-4-2 overall mark, a 4-1-0 record in MAAC competition. The Red Foxes suffered their first conference defeat of the season on October 21. Manhattan scored three unanswered goals to defeat Marist, 3-2, in overtime. Kate Fox leads the club with six goals and 13 points. She is also the reigning MAAC Offensive Player of the Week. Keri Koegel paces the Red Foxes with seven assists. Allison Lane and Caitlin Nazarechuk have split time in goal this season and combine for a 1.33 goals against average.

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 the Greyhounds' October 13 1-0 shutout of Rider. Henderson did not allow a goal and made one save in the match.

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.

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 30-17-4 record since taking over as head coach and is 20-1-2 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.