Sept. 4, 2011
BALTIMORE - Four Loyola University Maryland women's soccer players -- Lauren Norcia, Nichole Schiro, Kelsey Rene and Nicky Alagna -- scored goals, and the Greyhounds defeated fellow Jesuit school Saint Louis University, 4-2, on Sunday afternoon at Ridley Athletic Complex.
Norcia also had two assists for a career-high four points. A junior back, she previously had three points in her two-plus years at Loyola. She also became the first Greyhound to record two assists in a match since Kelly Farrell against UMBC on Sept. 22, 2010.
"It was great to see Lauren Norcia get involved offensively today," said head coach Katherine Vettori. "She did a great job pushing up from the back and helping our attack. I was happy to see her get the goal and two assists."
Didi Haracic made four saves in goal for the Greyhounds, including one from point-blank range with less than seven minutes to play.
The Billikens (1-4-0) grabbed an early 1-0 lead in the contest, when Mary Wright controlled a loose ball in the box and finished the goal into the lower right corner of the net in the ninth minute of play.
The Greyhounds (1-5-0) responded quickly, scoring two goals in less than six minutes to grab a 2-1 lead. Norcia notched the first, rifling a shot from 24 yards out that hit the bottom of the crossbar and went into the back of the net for her first collegiate goal in the 14th minute. Junior Gigi Mangione and sophomore Chantal Celestin had assists on the play.
Norcia then assisted on the second goal, playing a long ball over the top of the Saint Louis defense to a sprinting Schiro, who popped the ball over the charging goalie and finished into an empty net. It was the second goal of the weekend for Schiro and 26th of her career, putting her fifth on the Loyola career chart.
The Greyhounds finished a string of three-unanswered goals in the second half, when Norcia delivered a perfect corner kick that found the head of Kelsey Rene who finished the goal into the left side of the net from six-yards out. It was Rene's first goal as a Greyhound and gave Loyola a 3-1 lead in the 51st minute.
Saint Louis tried to climb back into the contest, as Alli Reimer cut the Greyhound lead to, 3-2, with a goal in the 67th minute off a rebound.
Loyola added an insurance goal with 12 minutes remaining in the contest with Schiro getting involved once again. The Okemos, Mich., native dribbled the ball down the right sideline, beating two Saint Louis defenders and playing a ball into the center of the box to Nicky Alagna, who used the inside of her right foot to beat the keeper and put the final score at 4-2. The goal also was the first of Alagna's collegiate career.
The assist gave Schiro a total of six points for the weekend and moves her up to fifth all-time in career points at Loyola with 61.
The four goals by the Greyhounds were the most for the team since the squad defeated Iona 5-0 on Oct. 16, 2009.
"Overall I was very pleased with our performance today," said Vettori. "We knocked the ball around pretty well and were more organized in the back. I was very happy that we scored off the corner kick. Didi also continued to do a great job for us in the net. We still have some things to work on but this was a good effort today."
The Greyhounds head to Blacksburg, Va., next weekend for the Virginia Tech Tournament where the team battles Wake Forest on Friday, Sept. 9 at 5 p.m. and Virginia Tech on Sunday, Sept. 11 at 2 p.m.