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High Point Rallies Late To Edge Women's Soccer, 3-2

Sept. 2, 2011

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BALTIMORE - Loyola University Maryland junior Nichole Schiro scored off a Joie McLaughlin through ball in the 71st minute to tie the game at 2-2, but High Point University's Kelli Joline scored the game-winner in the 83rd minute, as the Panthers squeaked by the Greyhounds, 3-2, at Ridley Athletic Complex on Friday night in front of a women's soccer record crowd of 1,036.

The Greyhounds (0-5-0) controlled the pace of play through the first 19 minutes, totaling three shots and a corner kick. Deja Walker, Gigi Mangione and Katelyn McFadden each notched shots for Loyola.

But the Panthers struck first in the 20th minute of play, as Joline fired a shot that hit the crossbar and bounced down to Jackey Kessler who finished the goal into the right side of the net to put High Point up, 1-0.

High Point (1-2-1) tallied again less than two minutes later, when Danniel Rosado sent a free kick into the box that found the head of Becca Hemby and beat Greyhound keeper Didi Haracic into the top right corner, giving the Panthers a 2-0 lead at halftime.

Loyola responded in the second half, generating the majority of the scoring chances throughout the final 45 minutes.

Mangione scored the Greyhounds' first goal of the 2011 season in impressive fashion, using her head to redirect a cross from Schiro and into the right side-netting in the 65th minute to cut the deficit to 2-1.

Schiro notched the game-tying goal less than seven minutes later on a great pass from McLaughlin. The goal gave Schiro 25 for her career, moving her up to a tie for fourth on the Loyola all-time career list. The Okemos, Mich., native also notched three points in the game to give her a career-total of 58.

The Panthers responded in the final 10 minutes, as Kessler sent a cross from the right side into the box and Joline headed into the right side of the net to give High Point the, 3-2, victory.

The Greyhounds host fellow Jesuit institution Saint Louis on Sunday at 1 p.m. at Ridley Athletic Complex.