Women's Soccer Heads to West Virginia

Nov. 12, 2003

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The Mountaineers hold a 0-1 advantage over the Greyhounds. The teams 2002 meeting in Morgantown, WV for the first round of the NCAA College Cup was the first meeting in the programs history. West Virginia won that outing by a final score of 3-0.

Chrissie Abbott scored her team-leading 20th goal of the season just 6:17 into the first half and assisted on Christen Seaman's first goal of the year in the 26th minute to help lead 10th-ranked West Virginia to a 3-0 victory over Loyola in the first round of the NCAA Division I Women's Soccer Championships at Mountaineer Soccer Complex Friday night.

West Virginia (18-2-1) advances to Sunday's second round and will host Virginia, a 3-2 winner over Dayton in today's other first-round game in Morgantown. The Mountaineers have lost only to Auburn to open the season Aug. 30 and to Connecticut in last weekend's Big East Tournament championship game.

Abbott's game winner in the sixth minute was scored on a rebound of an initial shot by Cambria Riggins. Seaman, a defender, then notched her first goal of the year at the 26:48 mark when she scored from 18 yards out after receiving a pass from Abbott.

Laura Kane then ended the scoring for the Mountaineers in the 33rd minute, scoring on a header in the box from a cross from teammate Marisa Kanela.

Loyola goalie Erica Niemann had eight saves as the Greyhounds (12-6-2) were outshot by the Mountaineers 26-3. West Virginia goalie Laura Finley had two saves as the Mountaineers recorded their 11th shutout of the season.

The Greyhounds, who won the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) championship for the third straight season last weekend, were making their second consecutive NCAA tournament appearance. Loyola fell to Princeton, 3-1, in last season's NCAA First Round.

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.

"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."

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.

"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.

Freshman Carolyn Kennington has already broken one Loyola record and tied another in just one year of play. With one goal and three assists in the MAAC semi-final game against Rider, Kennington accumulated a season total of 11 goals and six assists for 28 points passing Krystin Porcella's record of 27 points in a season from 1997. Her goal in that game also allowed her to tie Becky Bieneman's 1999 record of 11 goals in a season.

Freshman Carolyn Kennington was named the MAAC Rookie of the Year at the conclusion of the 2003 regular season as voted by the MAAC coaches. She is the second Greyhound in as many years to earn the award after sophomore Ashley Kramer nabbed the honor in 2002.

Junior Lindsay Tracey was named the MAAC Co-Defensive Player of the Year after commanding the defensive unit that has a goal-against average of 1.08 and has shut out nine opponents, seven of which were conference opponents. Tracey has also score one goal this season, over Niagara for the regular season MAAC title.

The Greyhounds earned five spots on the All-MAAC first team, including Lindsay Tracey and Carolyn Kennington. Senior Katie Elliott and sophomores Lisa Jaffa and Ashley Kramer also earned first team status. Second team honors went to freshman Kaitlin Klar and Courtney Arikian.

Also, Kennington, Klar and Arikian earned spots on the conference All-Rookie team.

At the MAAC Tournament, Carolyn Kennington was named the Most Valuable Player and joining Kennington on the All-Tournament Team were Loyola teammates Katie Elliott, Naomi Daniels, Jeannetta McGettigan, Ashley Kramer and Lindsay Tracey.

Loyola has two current players on it's Top 10 lists in scoring, goals and assists.Senior Katie Elliott ranks ninth in All-Time Scoring with 49 points, is tied for sixth in goal scoring with 16 and third in assists with 17.

Junior Jeannetta McGettigan just recently broke into the ranks with 34 points and 12 goals for tenth place in each category.

Although the Greyhounds only outscore their opponents a total of nine goals this season, they have outshot their opponents by 328-193 and have a total of 164 shots on goal to their opponents 88.

Loyola has created numerous quality chances for goal scoring throughout the season from the efforts of Carolyn Kennington, Katie Elliott, Courtney Arikian, Jeannetta McGettigan, Naomi Daniels and Ashley Kramer.

The 2003 captains of the Loyola Greyhounds are seniors Rebecca Brady, Katie Elliott and Diana Hurley.