Loyola-Mount St. Mary's Women's Soccer Moved To 8 O'Clock Start
Update - 8/18/17, 1:45 p.m.:
Due to forecasted storms in the Baltimore area, the Loyola University Maryland women's soccer match versus Mount St. Mary's University has been moved to an 8 p.m. kickoff at Ridley Athletic Complex.
Youth wearing their teams' soccer jerseys will receive free admission with a paying adult, and fans can pick up their free copy of the 2017 Loyola women's soccer schedule poster.
The game will air live on the Patriot League Network and can be viewed by clicking here.
|Opponent||Mount St. Mary's Mountaineers|
|Date||Friday, August 18, 2017|
|Promotion||Youth Night | Free Tickets In Youth Jersey With Paid Adult|
|Location||Baltimore, Md. | Ridley Athletic Complex|
|Watch||Patriot League Network|
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Quick Hits About The 'Hounds
- Loyola University Maryland opens its 26th season of women's soccer on Friday, August 18, 2017, when it hosts Mount St. Mary's University at Ridley Athletic Complex.
- The game will air live on the Patriot League Network.
- 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 29-21-11 record there. Last season, the Greyhounds went 4-3-2 on their home pitch.
- Loyola is 14-9-2 all-time in season openers and 2-1 under Meiburger.
- Last year, the Greyhounds started the season a program-best 3-0 and were undefeated in their first four matches.
- It's Youth Night at Loyola women's soccer. All youth wearing their team jerseys will receive a free admission with a paid adult.
Last Time Out
- Loyola finished the 2016 season with a 6-6-4 record and 2-4-3 mark in Patriot League action.
- Jourdan Ziff led the team with four goals and nine points, while Nicole Wahlig and Julianna Cabrera each recorded three goals. Mia Sardella paced the Greyhounds and was tied for eighth in the Patriot League with four assists.
- Sumer Rahe was the Greyhounds' primary goalkeeper during the season, logging nearly 960 minutes of action while playing to a 1.22 goals against average. Lily Andres played the other 586-plus minutes for Loyola and logged a 0.77 goals-against average. Andres had three clean sheets, and Rahe had one during the year.
- Defensively, Loyola allowed just over a goal per game, yielding only 18 in 16 contests.
- Wahlig earned All-Patriot League honors for the second year in a row, garnering recognition on the conference's second team.
- Last year's freshman class accounted for 5,996 minutes of action and made 63 appearances in the starting XI.
- In addition to its four ties, the Greyhounds played nine one-goal games.
- Friday's season-opener will be the 10th all-time match between Loyola and Mount St. Mary's. The Greyhounds have been victorious in all nine previous meetings, including a 3-1 decision in the 2016 opener that was played on The Mount's home turf in Emmitsburg, Maryland.
- The Catholic schools first met on the women's soccer field on October 9, 1992, in Loyola's first season of varsity soccer. The teams played a scoreless first half, but the Dave Gerrity-coached Greyhounds got a 47th minute goal by Suzie Delaney before Mary Sheridan and Erika Mawhorr each tallied goals in a 3-1 Loyola win.
- Loyola and Mount St. Mary's went on to play each year from 1992-1996 before not seeing each other on the women's soccer pitch until 2009.
- Last year, the teams met in the first match of the season, and Loyola jumped on the scoreboard early, tallying a pair of goals in the game's first 11 minutes.
- Julianna Cabrera collected a loose ball and scored from close-in to put the Greyhounds in front, 1-0, just 5:39 into the game, and Maddie Hart added a tally at 10:40. Cabrera made it 3-0 Greyhounds in the game's 51st minute with an unassisted strike from 25 yards out before Noelle Defede scored for The Mount at 71:58.
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.
Making Things Happen
- Jourdan Ziff returns to the Greyhounds lineup this year healthy after missing four matches a year ago due to injury. She was limited to 661 of a possible 1,547 minutes during the season, but she made a big impact on the lineup during that time, tallying four goals and had an assist.
- Sumer Rahe played the majority of the Greyhounds' minutes in goal last season, totalying nearly 960. She surrendered only 13 goals during that time and played to a 1.22 goals against average.
- Lily Andres returns, as well, for Loyola after seeing 586-plus minutes of action in Rahe's stead. She had a 0.55 goals-against average with only five allowed.
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.).
- "We have some really exciting returning players and a group of young players who will help us out this year. The team has a great attitude coming out of practices, and they are looking forward to starting the season." - Head Coach Naomi Meiburger