Women's Soccer Defeats Bucknell, 3-0, in Exhibition

Aug. 12, 2011

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BALTIMORE - The Loyola University Maryland women's soccer team took down Bucknell, 3-0, at Ridley Athletic Complex on Friday in the team's lone exhibition contest of the season. The Greyhounds open regular-season play on the road at Towson on Saturday, Aug. 20 at 5 p.m.

The Greyhounds controlled much of the play throughout the contest and outshot the Bison 16-6. The combination of keepers Didi Haracic and Danielle Ippolito recorded three saves on the way to the shutout.

"It was good for us to play against outside competition. I was pleased with how we knocked the ball around. Everyone played and everyone contributed," said head coach Katherine Remy Vettori.

"Coming into the match we wanted to concentrate on our defensive organization. We were able to play out of the back and attack in numbers today."

Loyola opened the scoring in the 19th minute of play, taking the early 1-0 advantage. Junior Lauren Norcia took a free kick from just inside midfield that floated over the Bucknell keeper and bounced into the back of the net for what would prove to be the game winner.

The Greyhounds added some insurance in the 35th minute of play when junior Gianna Mangione delivered a cross to freshman Amanda Reverberi who settled the ball and finished with her right foot from 10 yards out to put Loyola on top 2-0.

Junior Tessa McClenahan would round out the scoring in the 48th minute, finishing a goal on a scramble in front of the net following a corner kick by Norcia.

Loyola opens its season on Saturday, Aug. 20 at Towson at 5 p.m. The team plays its home opener on Monday, Aug. 22 at 7 p.m. at Ridley Athletic Complex.