Washington, D.C. - A goal by freshman Nichole Schiro proved to be the game-winner as the Loyola women's soccer team defeated American University, 2-0 Friday afternoon at AU's Reeves Athletic Complex.
"We played a lot better defensively as well as offensively," said head coach Katherine Vettori. "I also was very pleased with the time of possession."
Theresa Ferraina provided Schiro with the assist on the game-winner in the 70th minute of the match. As Schiro was making a near post run, Ferraina hit her with a crossing pass. Schiro beat goalkeeper Arianna Efstathiou to her left. The score was Schiro's second goal of the season.
Loyola would add an insurance goal in the 75th minute when freshman Jennifer Thornton was fouled inside the box as she was dribbling a thru-ball. The Greyhounds were there awarded a penalty kick and senior midfielder Christina Gomez made the Eagles pay at 75:47, besting Efstathiou to her left once again.
Loyola was out shot in the contest, 13-6, but senior goalkeeper Brittany Henderson made seven saves and recorded her third shutout win of the season and 15th of her career.
The match was scoreless through the first half as the Eagles held a 6-3 shot advantage. Senior goalkeeper Brittany Henderson made three saves in the period, including two remarkable stops, which kept the game dead-locked at zero.
The Greyhounds are now 4-2-2 all-time against the Eagles and today was the first time Loyola was able to beat American at Reeves.
"Overall, American is a very tough team and this is a really positive win for us going into Sunday's game at Old Dominion," added Vettori.
Additionally, with the win, Loyola (4-4-1) improves to .500 on the season heading into its final non-conference matchup of the season at Old Dominion Sunday, September 20.
"I think that the significant thing about today, with the poor weekend we had last weekend, is to be able to bounce back against a quality opponent, and it is a very positive thing going into conference play."
Kickoff against the Monarchs is slated for 1:00 p.m. at the ODU Soccer Stadium in Norfolk, Va. Loyola has lost three straight to ODU and is 1-3 all-time against the Monarchs. Old Dominion took last year's matchup with a 3-2 overtime victory, spoiling the Greyhounds' home opener. Loyola's lone victory against the Silver and Blue came in 1996 with a 3-0 victory at the William & Mary Tournament in Williamsburg, Va.