Women's Soccer to Face West Virginia

Nov. 10, 2003

BALTIMORE, MD - The Loyola College women's soccer team learned their fate Monday afternoon. For the second year in a row the Greyhounds will face West Virginia University in Morgantown, WV in the first round of the NCAA Women's College Cup.

The Greyhounds earned the trip to the tournament with an automatic bid after winning their fourth consecutive Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference title on Sunday, November 9th. Loyola finished the regular season first in the MAAC with an undefeated record at 8-0-1 and 10-8-1 overall. They defeated the fourth seed, Rider by a score of 4-2 and the second seeded Niagara by a score of 2-0 to claim the conference championship.

"We're excited to have this opportunity again," head coach Joe Mallia said. "And feel that the experiences of the last few years in the national tournament will help us in our preparations for Friday's game."

Loyola traveled to Morgantown, WV at the close of the 2002 season for the College Cup. The Mountaineers defeated the Greyhounds by a final score of 3-0. This season, the sixth seeded West Virginia hold an overall record of 15-3-2 and 4-1-1 in the BIG EAST. The Mountaineers fell to Villanova in the conference title-match on penalty kicks after a 0-0 tie.

"With the draw being exactly the same for us as last years tournament the thing we can take from it is familiarity with the environment we will be playing in," Mallia said.

WVU will also play host to Ohio State and Dayton in the opening weekend of the College Cup. Loyola and West Virginia will play on November 14 at 7:00 on the Mountaineer campus.

To view the 2003 Women's Soccer College Cup bracket, click here