Virginia does number on No. 1 Loyola women

April 22, 1994|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,Sun Staff Writer

No. 4 Virginia spoiled Loyola's unbeaten season and probably ended the Greyhounds' reign at No. 1 with a 12-9 victory yesterday at Curley Field.

After a 7-7 first half, the Greyhounds (15-1) rushed their offense and managed just two goals in the second half despite outshooting Virginia, 12-7.

On the other end, the Greyhounds simply could not contain the Cavaliers' Cherie Greer, who scored a game-high five goals -- including three in the second half. A member of last summer's World Cup team, Greer used her speed and knack for hitting the corners of the net to score two goals in the final minutes.

Greer pretty much sealed Virginia's win when her unassisted goal with 3:17 left made it 11-8. The Cavaliers controlled the next draw and stalled away more than two minutes before Greer scored again.

With 14 minutes to go, the Greyhounds were trailing only 10-8, a deficit they had made up several times late in games this season. But this time, when the Greyhounds got the ball, they never settled into their offense, turning the ball over or firing shots right to Cavaliers keeper Michelle Cusimano.

"On offense we didn't move the ball. We weren't patient," said Loyola coach Diane Aikens. "We come in and tie the game at halftime, and then we take some of the worst shots I've seen us take all year long."

Loyola trailed 7-5 late in the first half. On the next two draws, however, Loyola took control, scoring twice in the final 15 seconds. Gina Roberts fed Harrington for the first and Betsy Given found Mandy Lewis to tie it.

Virginia took the lead for good on Greer's goal early in the

second half.

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