Aug. 27, 2010
LINCOLN, Neb. - Gianna Mangione scored less than eight minutes into the game, but Creighton University rallied to defeat Loyola University Maryland, 2-1, on Friday afternoon in the first game of the Adidas Husker Classic.
Mangione put the Greyhounds (1-1-0 overall) on the board just 7:57 into the contest. She took a Nichole Schiro centering pass in the goalie box and scored her first goal of the season into the upper right corner of the net.
Loyola's lead would be short-lived, however, as Creighton (1-1-1) would tie the score less than eight minutes later. Claire Zach clanged a shot off the cross bar, but she knocked in the rebound with a header at 15:52, knotting the score at 1-1.
The Blue Jays gained an advantage in the 34th minute on a Erin Gunther goal. Beth Fyles sent a pass to a waiting Gunther who scored from the right side of the goalie box at 33:14.
"We had some nice chances, good possession and good combination play," Loyola Head Coach Katherine Vettori said. "Creighton is a good team; they are very fast. I was really pleased with the play of Jessie Knight, Gianna Mangione, Gianna Garfall and Lina Staropoli today. We need to continue to work on our defensive discipline and playing more together in our attack."
Creighton outshot the Greyhounds, 13-6, and the Blue Jays had a 3-1 advantage on corner kicks.
Danielle Ippolito made four saves on six Creighton shots on goal for Loyola, while Alicia Montgomery made two saves for the Blue Jays.
Loyola continues play in the tournament when it takes on the host, the University of Nebraska, on Sunday, August 29, at 11 a.m. (Eastern)/10 a.m. (Central).