Sept. 10, 2010
BALTIMORE - Alex Reed scored the first goal of her collegiate career in the 97th minute, lifting Loyola University Maryland to a 1-0 overtime victory against George Washington University on Saturday night at the Ridley Athletic Complex.
Reed took a cross pass from Katelyn McFadden, turned past a defender and shot into the lower right corner.
Danielle Ippolito made five saves, and the Greyhounds (2-4-0) had a team save for a total of six. The shutout was the first of Ippolito's career at Loyola.
The game-winning sequence started when Lina Staropoli tackled the ball from a George Washington (2-3-0) offensive player near the top of the Greyhounds' 18.
Staropoli distributed the ball into Loyola's midfield, and it eventually found its way to Tessa McClenahan.
McClenahan sent a long pass to McFadden who made a run down the right side. McFadden continued her run with the ball to the end line, turned and crossed the ball to Reed who was defended by two Colonials.
Reed turned and shook off her marking defender, clearing enough room just inside the six to shoot into the lower right corner of the net for the game-winner.
"We made some great combination passes, and we saw that good things happen when we do that," Head Coach Katherine Vettori said. "Danielle (Ippolito) really made an impact in this game. She came up huge for us, making some key saves and being a presence with our defense."
Neither team had strong scoring opportunities in the first half, nor did the create many dangerous opportunities in the first 15-plus minutes of the second
Kelly Farrell struck a corner kick for Loyola at the end of 65th minute that McClenahan got a head on, sending it on frame. George Washington goalkeeper Lindsey Rowe grabbed it out of the air, however, thwarting the chance.
The Colonials earned a corner kick late in the 70th minute that Molly Bruh sent into the six. It was knocked around before Ashley Starks sent a shot past a charging Ippolito toward the far post. Nichole Schiro was there, however, to clear it off the line and save the goal for Loyola.
In the 77th minute, it was Schiro's turn to make a play on offense. She took a ball in the right corner, turned and shed two defenders to send a cross to the top right side of the six. Reed took two touches and had a hard shot saved by Rowe.
Kristen Slack got free outside of the 18 for George Washington and drove a solid shot that sailed just over the cross bar in the 81st minute.
Three minutes later, Sierra Smidinger took a shot from 15 yards out that was tipped over the crossbar by Ippolito for a save, giving the Colonials a corner kick.
George Washington's initial corner kick deflected off a Loyola defender and over the end line for another corner kick.
The second attempt by Bruh found the head of Claire Haft who nodded it down and toward the near post, but Ippolito made a full-extension diving save for the Greyhounds.
George Washingotn had two corner kicks and a pair of shots blocked by the Loyola defense in the final four minutes of regulation. Smidinger then had two headers in overtime, one that slid just left of the goal, and Ippolito made a saved on the second, before Reed's game-winner.
Loyola outshot the Colonials, 18-13, in the match. Rowe made four saves in goal for George Washington.