Nov. 10, 2004
Baltimore, Md. - The Loyola College women's soccer team will travel to Penn State at the close of this week to begin play in their fifth consecutive NCAA College Cup. The Greyhounds earned an automatic bid to the tournament by winning their fifth consecutive Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference title. They will face Maryland on Friday, November 12 at 5:00 p.m.
The Greyhounds were due to face the Terrapins early this season for the eighth time but that contest was cancelled due to inclement weather. Friday's meeting will be the eighth meeting since Loyola began its
women's soccer program in 1992. The squads met that year and in 1993, 1994, 1995, 2001, 2002 and 2003.
This season has been one of the best in the history of the Greyhound program as well as under head coach Joe Mallia. The Greyhounds are currently 16-3-0 this season. Those 16 wins are a school record for most wins in a season. They are also currently on a 13-game winning streak, another school record for both most consecutive victories and longest unbeaten streak. Loyola's winning percentage is currently 84%, topping the previous school record by nine percent. The 59 goals and 160 points scored by the powerful offensive unit are also new school records.
Junior transfer Ali Andrzejewski has set new career marks in goals and points in a season with 18 goals and 43 points, demolishing the former records of 11 and 28 respectively. Sophomore Carolyn Kennington has tied the mark for assists in a season at eight. Both Andrzewjeski and Kennington as well as junior Naomi Daniels already rank on Loyola's Top 10 lists in goals and scoring while Kennington and Daniels also rank in assists.
Nationally, the Greyhounds are fifth in scoring offense, 19th in goals against average, second in shutout percentage and eighth in win percentage. Goalkeeper Kate Gilfillan leads the nation in goals against average while Andrzejewski is 11th in goals scored and 12th in points.
Maryland is 7-6-4 this season and earned an at-large to the College Cup. They are led in scoring by Mallory Mahar with seven goals and two assists and Kimmy Francis with six goals and four assists.
The Loyola College Greyhounds and the University of Maryland Terrapins women's soccer squads will meet Friday, November 12th at 5:00 for the first-round contest of the NCAA College Cup. The winner of that game will face the winner of the No. 2 Penn State/ Binghamton contest on Sunday, November 14th.