Oct. 30, 2008
Baltimore, Md. - The Loyola women's soccer team enters the homestretch of the regular season a nose ahead of a tightly contested field. With two wins at Evergreen last weekend, Loyola (7-5-4 overall, 5-0-2 MAAC) vaulted to the top of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference standings. Only five points separate the Greyhounds and the next four teams though as the regular-season concludes this weekend with four playoff berths at stake. The Greyhounds visit Marist Friday and Siena on Sunday.
With 17 points, Loyola has one more point than second-place Siena, while Fairfield, Niagara and Canisius look up in a three-way tie for third with 15 points. The Greyhounds, 7-0-3 in their last 10 matches, have outscored their conference opponents,14-3, and are the only unbeaten team in MAAC play.
For their efforts, Loyola garnered some attention this week as they reentered the SoccerBuzz Magazine Mid-Atlantic Regional Rankings at No. 14.
Loyola made the most of home field advantage last weekend, going 2-0 at Diane Geppi-Aikens Field. On Friday, Lea Day headed in a cross from Kelly Farrell three minutes into overtime to give the Greyhounds a 2-1 victory over Niagara. Two days later, Theresa Ferraina twice found the net to give her team a 2-1 win over Canisius. Ferraina was recognized this week as MAAC Offensive Player of the Week in reward.
The Greyhounds will be running into a glowing Marist team. The Red Foxes (4-13 overall, 2-5 MAAC) picked up their first two conference wins last weekend, beating Manhattan, 2-0, and Saint Peter's, 2-1.
Siena (12-1-3 overall, 5-1-1 MAAC) spelled Saint Peter's, 2-1, and played to a scoreless tie with Manhattan in their last two. The Saints lead the conference with 2.06 goals a game and defensively their 0.81 goals allowed a game leads, as well. Striker Ashleigh Barone is particularly explosive for the team, as she leads the MAAC in goals a game (0.81) and points a game (1.88).
Loyola takes on Marist on Friday at 4 o'clock p.m. and Manhattan on Sunday at 1 o'clock p.m.