Schiro, Wittman Earn ECAC Weekly Awards

Sept. 28, 2010


The Loyola soccer programs earned two accolades on Tuesday as the Eastern College Athletic Conference named forward Nichole Schiro its Women’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week and goalkeeper Kyle Wittman its Men’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week.

Nichole Schiro made an impressive case for the award with a pair of games in which she scored three goals, including two overtime game-winners.

Schiro, who leads the MAAC with eight goals in 2010, scored all three goals for the women's soccer side in a pair of games last week. She scored the overtime game-winners, as well, in victories against UMBC and Mount St. Mary's, helping Loyola enter conference action on a three-game unbeaten streak.

She recorded the game-winner 1:47 into overtime against UMBC, heading in a Kelly Farrell cross to give Loyola a 2-1 win. Schiro then sent a low, diving shot into the right corner of the goal 3:12 into overtime on Friday to post a 1-0 victory over The Mount.

Schiro has three multi-goal games this season, and three of her eight goals have been game winners. Five of her eight goals have come in the last four games.

In just 1½ seasons at Loyola, Schiro has scored 17 goals, which is tied for 11th all-time at the school in career goals scored.

Kyle Wittman earned the honor after leading the Greyhounds to a historic shutout against fourth-ranked Monmouth on Sunday.

Wittman made three important saves on to secure a 2-0 shutout against Monmouth, who entered the game ranked at No. 4 in the NSCAA/ National Rankings. Wittman logged two saves in the first half and one in the second for his second clean sheet of the season.

Wittman has a 1.61 goals against average and a 2-3-1 record this season. Shutouts against Campbell on September 1 and Monmouth give Wittman 11 for his career.

Both Loyola soccer teams play at Ridley Athletic Complex this weekend. The women’s team plays on Friday against Canisius at 7 p.m. and return on Sunday for a noon tilt against Niagara. The men’s team hosts Adelphi in its non-conference finale on Saturday at 2 p.m.