First Road Trip Takes Women's Soccer To Towson On Sunday
|Date||Sunday, August 20, 2017|
|Location||Towson, Md. | Towson Soccer Conplex|
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Quick Hits About The 'Hounds
- Loyola University Maryland plays the second game of its 26th season of women's soccer on Sunday, August 20, 2017, when it travels to Towson University for a 1 p.m. game.
- The game will air live on the Towson Sports 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 29-22-11 record there. Last season, the Greyhounds went 4-3-2 on their home pitch.
- Loyola is 14-10-2 all-time in season openers and 2-2-0 under Meiburger.
- Last year, the Greyhounds started the season a program-best 3-0 and were undefeated in their first four matches.
Last Time Out
- Nicole Rivas scored her first career goal to equalize the game at 1-1 earlier in the second half, but Mount St. Mary's responded with two goals in the final 22 minutes to post a 3-1 season-opening victory over host Loyola on Friday night.
- Sarah Harmon gave the Mountaineers a 1-0 lead in the 36th minute, converting a shot from the right slot. Hannah Logue initiated the offense for Mount St. Mary's, chasing a ball to the end-line and sending the pass back to Harmon or an eight-yard shot.
- The Greyhounds earned a corner kick in the 49th minute, and Cabrera sent a low, sweeping kick across the 18 from the left side. Rivas one-touched it from less than nine yards out, redirected it inside the far post for a goal in her collegiate debut.
- Jenna West swung a high kick from the left side that was nodded down by Maria Buonomo. The ball went past an outstretched Rahe for what would be the game-winning goal with exacltly 22 minutes remaining in regulation.
- The Greyhounds finished with a 10-7 advantage in shots and a 10-3 margin in corner kicks.
- Sunday's match at the Towson Soccer Complex will be the 17th all-time meeting between Loyola and Towson and the first since 2015.
- The game is part pf the Battle of Baltimore, a four-team tournament including Towosn, UMBC, Mount St. Mary's and the Greyhounds.
- Loyola last faced the Tigers on September 13, 2015, in a neutral-site Battle of Baltimore game in Emmitsburg, Maryland.
- Towson's Maddie Bove headed in the game's only goal in the 37th minute off assists by Marissa Green and Vasthy Delgado, giving the Tigers an eventual 1-0 win. Taylor Sebolao recorded the clean sheet for Towson, making a pair of saves.
- Both Towson and Loyola are in their 26th seasons of women's soccer, each having started their programs in 1992. Loyola hosted what was then Towson State University in the Tigers' program debut on September 9, 1992, and the Greyhounds earned their first varsity win, 6-1.
- Loyola was undefeated in the first 11 games of the series, going 10-0-1, until the Tigers earned their first victory, 2-0, in the 2011 season opener.
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