Sept. 11, 2011
BLACKSBURG, Va. - Sophomore keeper Didi Haracic made a career high 12 saves, but the Loyola University Maryland women’s soccer team lost, 3-0, to the 25th-ranked Virginia Tech Hokies on Sunday afternoon in the final game of the Hokie Invitational in Blacksburg, Va.
The match marked the fourth game this season that the Greyhounds (1-7-0) have played against a top-25 ranked team. Loyola also played No. 3 Maryland, No. 23 Boston University and No. 18 Wake Forest.
The Greyhound defense was outstanding in the first half, holding the Hokies (7-1-0) scoreless over the first 45 minutes of the match. It was the first time this season Loyola had held a team without a goal in a half this season.
Haracic captained the defensive effort, making seven first-half saves while the team added three more. The sophomore made several acrobatic stops, most notably a diving save on a header by Brittany Popko in the 41st minute. Haracic finished the weekend with 22 saves over the two games at the invitational.
Haracic was helped by great defensive efforts by McLaughlin and Mangione, who each recorded team saves in the half.
McLaughlin accounted for two of the team saves. The first came in the 12th minute of play when she was able to clear the ball away just before it crossed the goal line on a breakaway by Jazmine Reeves. McLaughlin stopped another shot in the 41st minute, blocking a shot while protecting the near post on a corner kick.
Late in the half, Mangione blocked and then cleared an Ashley Manning header away on a Hokie corner kick that kept the game scoreless.
“It was great to see us defend at every single position for a full half,” said head coach Katherine Remy Vettori. “We stayed organized and showed tremendous heart against a very talented team that was generating a lot of chances. I was very proud of our overall effort and the guts and determination that we showed. Didi made some great saves but we also and three team saves behind her which I was really impressed with.”
Mangione also had the best scoring opportunity for the Greyhounds, taking a shot from 30-yards out in the 20th minute of play but Hokie keeper Anna Romeiser made a diving save to her right.
Haracic, Mangione and McLaughlin were each named to the Hokie Invitational All-Tournament team.
Virginia Tech scored all three of its goals in the second half of play. The first came in the 50th minute, as Brittany Michels headed down a corner kick by Kelly Loupee that just bounced across the goal line past the Greyhound defense to give the Hokies a 1-0 lead.
Kelly Conheeney added the second goal for the Hokies in the 68th minute, as she took a free kick from 19 yards away and lifted a shot over the Loyola wall that beat a diving Haracic into the left side of the net.
Katie Cramp rounded out the scoring, finishing a header off a cross from Anne Lumpkin in the 79th minute.
The Greyhounds have a 10-day break before hosting American University on Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 5 p.m. in the first game of a doubleheader with the men’s team.