Loyola women rout Towson in debut

September 10, 1992|By Paul McMullen | Paul McMullen,Staff Writer

The NCAA's fastest-growing sport heightened its profile in Baltimore yesterday, as Loyola ran past Towson State, 6-1, in a women's soccer match between two first-year teams.

It was the first home game for Loyola, and the first game ever for Towson State, two of the more than 30 colleges nationwide that added the sport this year. Only 77 colleges had women's soccer in 1981, but the roll has swelled to 380 with the addition of yesterday's new rivals and similar fledgling programs at Mount St. Mary's and Johns Hopkins.

Both teams started four freshmen and some holdovers from what were club teams a year ago. Betsy Given assisted Amy Fabrizio on the Greyhounds' first-ever goal with just 2:58 elapsed, as Fabrizio and fellow freshman Heidi Binder had two goals each. Towson State's tally was the most picturesque, as club veteran Wendy Summers volleyed in a cross from freshman Kim Davis.

First-year Loyola soccer coach Dave Gerrity and Tigers coach Debbie Michael, who spent the last two years at Texas A&M, will try to compete with more established programs in the South Atlantic Region.

Gerrity saw progress in just five days, as Loyola was whipped, 8-0, by James Madison last Saturday.

"The thing is, I think Madison's only in its third year," Gerrity said. "That game showed us where we are now, but it also showed us where we can be in a few years."

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