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Women's Soccer Wraps Up Regular-Season at Fairfield, Iona

Oct. 30, 2007

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Up Next: Loyola closes its regular-season with two Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference matches on the road this weekend. The Greyhounds play at Fairfield on Friday, November 2, at 7 p.m. Loyola then take on Iona at 12 noon on Sunday, November 4.

All Tied Up: The Greyhounds' 0-0 tie against Marist on Sunday, October 28, was Loyola's fourth draw of the season, tying the school record for ties in a season. The 1995 squad finished the year with a 10-6-4 record.

Scoreless October: Loyola did not allow its opponents to score a goal in seven matches during the month of October. In all, the Greyhounds recorded 690 scoreless minutes during the month and have not been scored upon in the last 700 minutes, 11 seconds of game action.

Third Best: The Greyhounds' seven consecutive shutouts mark the third-longest streak of consecutive shutouts in school history. The 2000 team put together 11 shutouts in a row, and the 2004 squad posted eight straight shutouts.

The Last Time: Friday's match versus Fairfield will be the 25th meeting all-time between the schools. Loyola holds an 11-7-6 advantage in the series, winning last year's game 2-0 on Diane Geppi-Aikens Field. Kaitlin Klar scored the match's first goal off a corner kick in the 11th minute. Courtney Arikian added a tally on a penalty kick in he 36th minute. The Greyhounds head into Sunday's game against Iona holding a 15-1-2 record all-time against the Gaels. Loyola won last year's contest, 4-0, as four different Loyola players scored goals.

The Stags: Fairfield's record stands at 9-6-2 overall, 4-1-1 in the MAAC, pending the outcome of a game against Saint Peter's on Tuesday, October 30, that was rescheduled from last weekend. The Stags have won their last two matches after tying Iona, 1-1, on October 20. Casey Frobey leads the team with eight goals, and Nicole Cavallaro paces the Stags in assists (12) and points (24). Brett Maron has played every minute in goal this season for Fairfield and has seven shutouts and a 0.91 goals against average.

The Gaels: Iona plays Rider on Friday and enters the weekend with a 4-13-1 overall record and 2-4-1 mark in the conference. Carol Danis leads the Gaels with six goals and 13 points. Suzanne Baldissard has posted a 1.68 goals against average in over 1,200 minutes of action.

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) on October 22 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.

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.