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Loyola's defensive success during the 2007 season came in no small part to the addition of Carly Draper to the Greyhounds' staff.
A goalkeeper in college, Draper helped Loyola post a 0.99 goals against average during the Greyhounds run to their sixth appearance in the NCAA Women's Soccer College Cup.
Loyola's defense - organized by Draper from the sideline - posted 10 shutouts during the season, including two in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championships.
Goalkeeper Brittany Henderson, a junior in 2008, earned MAAC Defensive Player of the Year honors and was named to the All-MAAC First Team after saving over 85-percent of shots on goal she faced.
Three other key members of the Greyhounds' defense - Heather Cooke, Brynn McGrath and Sarra Moller - earned All-MAAC honors, too. McGrath, a senior defensive midfielder was named to the First Team, along with Moller, who will be a senior defender this year. Cooke, who is a junior defender in 2008, earned Second Team laurels.
Draper came to the Evergreen campus after a successful playing career at St. Lawrence University where she was a four-year starter for the soccer team.
She started at goalkeeper for the Saints in all 66 games from 2003-2006, earning All-Liberty League Honorable Mention after her junior and senior years.
Last season, Draper played over 1,600 minutes in goal, posting a 1.24 goals against average and a .800 save percentage. The Saints finished with a 9-7-1 record, closing the year with four-straight victories.
During her career, Draper notched 23 shutouts, six during her senior season. Over her four years at St. Lawrence, the Saints had a 32-29-5 record.
Draper, a native of Gloucester, Ontario, Canada, has also served in several coaching roles. Last spring, Draper was an intern coach for the St. Lawrence women's soccer program, assisting the head coach in practice planning and implementation and strength and conditioning.
She also was the advanced goalkeeping coach at St. Lawrence's Lake Placid Soccer Center during the summer of 2005. Draper served as the assistant coach and goalkeeping coach of F.C. Freeze Youth Soccer in Canton, N.Y., from 2003-2005, and she was an assistant soccer coach for the Nepean City Soccer Club in her native Ontario during the summers of 2003 and 2004.
Draper graduated from St. Lawrence in May 2007 with a bachelor of science in biology with a minor in chemistry and exercise science. White at St. Lawrence, she was a recipient of the Andrew and Rosellen Welti Scholarship and earned the Bradley R. Evers Outstanding First-Year Student Award. She was a member of Delta Delta Delta and the American Chemical Society.