Aug. 25, 2006
CHICAGO - The Loyola men's and women's soccer programs begin the 2006 regular season with a doubleheader tonight at Loyola Soccer Park. The women's team hosts the Xavier Musketeers at 5 p.m. followed by the men's regular-season opener against the Marquette Golden Eagles at 7:30 p.m.
Second-year women's head coach Frank Mateus welcomes nine starters and 21 letterwinners from last year's team that qualified for the Horizon League semifinals.
Goal keeper Emily Peick has been a stalwart in the Loyola lineup for the past three seasons and is poised to close her career on a high note. The Mendota Heights, Minn. native ranks second on the school's all-time list with 14 shutouts and is fourth with 59 career saves.
Junior forwards Katie Heidenreich and Stephanie Pauli contributed up front. Heidenreich netted two goals last season while Pauli scored three times, highlighted by the 77th-minute winner in Loyola's 1-0 win over UW-Green Bay in the Horizon League Championship quarterfinals. Sophomore Alexia Murray played in all 19 matches last year and scored a pair of goals.
Despite the loss of five key players from last year's men's squad, second-year head coach Brendan Eitz has a lot of talented individuals returning, led by junior forward Keum Sung Kim. Kim led the team in goals (6) and assists (5) en route to earning First Team All-Horizon League and Newcomer of the Year honors.
In its exhibition match against Lewis, Loyola got scores from freshman forward Michael Ferguson to open scoring 1:52 into the first half. Senior forward Matt Marek followed with a goal at the 16:47 mark.
Defensively, Loyola is anchored by Second Team All-Horizon League honoree, center back Iradj Farahmand. Senior goal keeper Brad Sommer was 6-8-1 with a 1.85 goals against average in 15 appearances last season.