Aug. 21, 2010
BALTIMORE - Nichole Schiro scored twice in less than five minutes, and Loyola University Maryland's women's soccer team defeated Towson University, 3-2, in the season opening game for both teams on Saturday night at the Ridley Athletic Complex.
Kelly Farrell added Loyola's first goal, as the teams scored all five goals between the 25th and 44th minutes of the first half.
Towson (0-1) took a 1-0 lead 25:05 into the game, as Kaysi Ward scored off assists from Katie Holtzapple and Cheyenne Skidmore.
Skidmore sent a long, low cross through the box from the right side, and Holzapple touched it back toward the middle of the 18. Ward was there to take the shot from eight yards out, giving the Tigers an early advantage.
Towson would lead for less than nine minutes before Farrell would even the score at 1-1.
Staropoli then crossed the ball from deep into the left corner, across the face of the goal, to Farrell who ran in from the right wing to finish with her ninth career goal 33:53 into the non-conference contest.
Schiro would give Loyola the advantage less than six minutes later on her first goal of the game.
Alex Reed, playing in her first collegiate game, won the ball for Loyola near midfield, carried it and sent a pass to Schiro inside the 18. Schiro then beat Towson goalkeeper Jocelyn Papciak one-on-one, and scored her first goal of the season at the 39:30 mark.
Loyola's lead would last for less than a minute, however, as Towson scored off the restart in play.
A defensive breakdown by the Greyhounds allowed Emily Banes to cross a ball from right-to-left in the box. Ward was on the receiving end of the pass, and she scored from 12 yards out, at 40:26, tying the game at 2-2.
Schiro would put Loyola back on top, this time for good, less than four minutes later.
Maggie Ebner struck a long, high pass to the top of the 18, where Schiro settled it with her chest and dribbled into the box. She shot from five yards out, scoring the game-winner at 43:54.
Neither team scored a goal in the second half, as they combined for eight shots - five for Towson - after halftime.
Danielle Ippolito made three saves in goal for the Greyhounds, and Papciak had one for the Tigers.
"We had some defensive breakdowns - diving in the box and not getting goal side against runners coming through - that led to Towson's goals," Loyola Head Coach Katherine Vettori said. "Danielle Ippolito came up big for us in goal and made some great saves, and Nichole Schiro and Alex Reed created some nice things on offense for us.
"We have a lot to work on before next week, but it was good to open the season with a win."
Loyola plays its first road game of the season on Friday, August 27, when it travels to Lincoln, Neb., for the adidas Husker Classic. The Greyhounds take on Creighton in the first game on Friday at 3 p.m. (Eastern), and they then play host Nebraska on Sunday, August 29, at 11 a.m. (Eastern).