Thursday Night Women's Soccer Match Boasts Free Admission, Postgame Movie
|Opponent||Seton Hall Pirates|
|Date||Thursday, August 1824 2017|
|Promotion||Movie Night | Free Admission & Watch "Trolls" Postgame From The Field|
|Location||Baltimore, Md. | Ridley Athletic Complex|
|Watch||Patriot League Network|
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Quick Hits About The ’Hounds
- Loyola University Maryland plays the third game of its 26th season of women’s soccer on Thursday, August 24, 2017, when it hosts Seton Hall University at 6 p.m.
- The game will air live on the Patriot League Network.
- Thursday is Movie Night at RIdley Athletic Complex. All fans will receive free admission to the game, and they are invited to watch “Trolls” from the field after the game on the video board.
- The Greyhounds finished the 2016 season with a 6-6-4 record and 2-4-3 mark in Patriot League action.
- The 2017 season will be the Greyhounds’ fifth as members of the Patriot League. Loyola joined the conference prior to the 2013-2014 academic year.
- Naomi Meiburger is in her fourth season as the Greyhounds’ head coach. She joined on the sidelines by assistant coaches Kevin Dempsey and Morgan Ruhl. Both Dempsey and Ruhl were with the Greyhounds in 2016, but Ruhl was elevated from her role as volunteer assistant coach in June.
- This season will be the Greyhounds’ eighth with Ridley Athletic Complex as their home. Loyola began playing soccer at the stadium in 2010 and has a 29-22-11 record there. Last season, the Greyhounds went 4-3-2 on their home pitch.
Last Time Out
- Loyola did not allow Towson to get off a shot in the second half, but the Tigers’ goal in the second minute of action stood up for a 1-0 non-conference decision Sunday afternoon.
- Towson scored on a counterattack just 78 seconds into the game when McKenzie McCaull set a ball into the box where Evelyn Neidert was positioned to finish with a chip into the net.
- The Tigers outshot Loyola, 4-1 in the first half, but the Greyhounds would turn the script in the second half.
- Loyola put pressure on immediately in the 47th minute as Maddie Hart crossed a bar to Jourdan Ziff on the right side. Ziff dribbled by a defender and left a pass off for Hannah Hoefs near the top left of the 18. Hoefs struck a hard shot, but it sailed just over the crossbar and the score remained 1-0 Towson.
- Less than 10 minutes later, Sarah Ensor crossed a bar from left-to-right to Ziff, and she gave to Julianna Cabrera for a strong shot that was blocked and eventually saved by Towson goalkeeper Taylor Sebolao.
- Loyola had seven corner kicks in the second half and an 8-3 advantage in that statistical category overall.
- Thursday’s match will be the first all-time meeting between the Pirates and Greyhounds.
About The Pirates
- Seton Hall played its first match of the year Friday night against Siena, but the game was declared a no contest without a final result as it was called due to weather two minutes into the second half.
- The Pirates went 5-11-1 overall last year, 1-8-0 in the Big East Conference.
Trolling At Ridley
- All fans will receive free admission on Thursday night when Loyola women’s soccer hosts Movie Night. After the game, fans will be invited to bring a blanket and sit on the field to watch “Trolls” on the video board. Children will receive free popcorn and glow sticks.
Big East Flavor
- The game on Thursday will be the first of two-straight the Greyhounds will play against Big East Conference foes; Loyola travels to Georgetown on Sunday to face the Hoyas.
- After contests against UMBC and Saint Francis (Pennsylvania), Loyola will take on another team from the Big East when they are at St. John’s.
- Loyola Head Coach Naomi Meiburger was an assistant coach at Georgetown for 11 years, serving as the Hoyas’ associate head coach from 2011-13.
Getting In The Mix
- Nicole Rivas, a freshman from Northern California, scored the Greyhounds’ first goal of the year Friday night against Mount St. Mary’s, knocking in a Julianna Cabrera corner kick early in the second half.
- It marked the second year in a row that a freshman scored in the season-opener for the Greyhounds after current sophomore Maddie Hart did so against The Mount in 2016. Rivas’ goal also marked the first time a Loyola freshman scored the team’s first goal of the season since Tessa McClenahan tallied the game-winner in a 1-0 win over The Mount on August 23, 2009.
Cornering The Market
- Loyola’s offensive unit has consistently put pressure on opposing defenses this year, earning 18 corner kicks on two matches.
- Meanwhile, the Greyhounds have given up just six corners to their 2017 opponents.
Back In Action
- The Greyhounds return 13 players who saw playing time during the 2016 season, players who accounted for more than 63 percent of the minutes played. Loyola welcomes back 61 percent of its goals scored and 89 percent of its assists from a year ago.
- Juniors Jourdan Ziff and Julianna Cabrera were named co-captains at the end of spring practice. The two have been mainstays in the lineup for the Greyhounds since coming to the Evergreen campus in 2015, anchoring the offensive and defensive units.
New Faces In New Places
- Ten newcomers join the Greyhounds this season with eight freshmen and two sophomore transfers. Both transfers – Hannah Hoefs (New Market, Md.) and Lauren Frank (Hebron, Texas) – played at the University of Maryland last year. They are joined by freshmen Vanessa Alonso (Medford, N.J.), Claire Beath (Kennebunkport, Maine), Sabrina Daglish (Richmond, Va.), Taylor DiMarco (Buffalo, N.Y.), Olivia Melnyk (Basking Ridge, N.J.), Morgan Muzi (Johns Creek, Ga.), Molly O’Brien (Media, Pa.) and Nicole Rivas (Danville, Calif.).
- “(The second half against Towson) was as well as we’ve played in two games this year, and it was some of the best soccer we’ve played since I’ve been here. Towson got a goal early, and that was unfortunate, but I thought we played with great energy and great effort.” – Head Coach Naomi Meiburger
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