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  • HometownVineland, NJ
  • PositionGoalkeeper
  • Number21
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Professional career & highlights:

  • 2011:
    • Signed with magicJack for the 2011 WPS season and started in eight regular season matches while helping the club to the WPS playoffs
    • Went 4-3-1 with four shutouts and a 1.13 GAA. Also started both playoff games for the club.
  • 2010:
    • Was the starting goalkeeper for the Chicago Red Stars, playing in 23 matches while making 72 saves and compiling a 1.17 GAA.
    • Compiled a record of 6-11-6 with six shutouts and was named as a WPS All-Star Game reserve.
    • Played on loan with Central Coast Mariners in Australia’s W-League in 2010.
  • 2009:
    • Drafted in the sixth round (37th overall) and was the backup goalkeeper on St. Louis Athletica in the inaugural WPS season of 2009.
    • Debuted for St. Louis on May 23 in Chicago, posting six saves in a 2-0 win and was named WPS Player of the Week.
    • Started three games for Athletica during her time in St. Louis, compiling a record of 2-1-0 while allowing just one goal in three starts.

National Team and achievements:

  • 2012:
    • Played in two matches as a sub, against Costa Rica and Ireland, both on the Fan Tribute Tour after the Olympics.
    • Was the alternate goalkeeper on the 2012 Olympic Team and traveled to the U.K. with the squad.
  • 2011:
    • Earned a spot on her first world championship roster, making the Women’s World Cup team as the third goalkeeper.
    • Played in one match, earning her second career cap as a substitute against Canada in a post-WWC match in September in Portland, Ore.
  • 2010:
    • Worked her way into the goalkeeping picture for the USA in 2010, getting her first career call-up in January.
    • She had never previously been in with any of the USA’s youth national teams.
    • Earned her first career cap in a 2-1 victory against China on Oct. 2, 2010, in Kennesaw, Ga.
    • First Appearance: Oct. 2, 2010, vs. China.

College soccer career & highlights:

  • In her senior season at Villanova, Loyden had a .891 save percentage (fourth in the nation) and finished with a 0.52 goals-against average (10th in the nation).
  • Set school career records for shutouts, victories and minutes played.
  • Finished her career with 7,542 minutes played, which ranked 10th in Division I history.
  • She played in 82 games, earning 37 shutouts, 48 victories and a 0.68 GAA.
  • As a senior, she was named Big East Goalkeeper of the Year for the third straight season (a conference first) and named First-Team All-Big East.
  • As a junior in 2006, she started all 22 games in goal while playing 1,990 minutes.
  • Allowed just 10 goals while making 93 saves and had a GAA of just 0.45.
  • In Big East play that season, Loyden averaged five saves per game and had seven shutouts.
  • Named an NSCAA First-Team All-American and First-Team All-Big East.
  • Honored as the Big East Goalkeeper of the Year.
  • As a sophomore in 2005, started all 18 games, allowing 20 goals while making 85 saves.
  • Played every minute of every Big East game that year and posted four shutouts with a record of 6-1-3 in conference play.
  • Was named Big East Goalkeeper of the Year.
  • As a freshman in 2004, started all 22 games while playing in 97 percent of the minutes.
  • Made 102 saves for the season, including a career-high 10 against Notre Dame.
  • Posted eight shutouts, allowing just 16 goals. Redshirted her first year in 2003.

Personal:

  • Full name is Jillian Ann Loyden
  • Majored in comprehensive science
  • Played high school basketball for Vineland
  • National Honor Society inductee as a senior in high school
  • Winner of the Charles J. Niely Award for academics as a sophomore in high school
  • Has done the USA Today crossword puzzle every day for the past three years
  • Likes to cook, especially Asian food … Loves the outdoors and mountain biking
  • Plans to finish her soccer career as a forward and be the leading scorer of the league (even if it’s an over-40 women’s league)
  • Started a non-profit organization called The Jillian Loyden Foundation.
    • It’s mission is to serve resources to aid children who have faced unfavorable circumstances
  • Self proclaimed professional hugger.
  • Most memorable soccer moment – “My first day of soccer practice. I wore jean shorts, huge shin guards over my socks, and a tank top.  I remember being exhausted from all the running, wanting orange slices the whole time, and losing our first game 6-0.”

Jill Loyden

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