Loyola Drops Final Non-Conference Match, 1-0, To La Salle

Sept. 23, 2011

Final Stats

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - The Loyola University Maryland women's soccer lost its final non-conference match of the season, 1-0, at La Salle on a rainy Friday night in Philadelphia, Pa.

La Salle's Gabriella Carbone scored the lone goal of the match in the 20th minute, firing a shot from 30-yards out that beat keeper Danielle Ippolito into the top-right corner of the net and put the Explorers on top, 1-0.

Ippolito made three saves in her season debut for Loyola, seeing her first action of the season after recovering from an injury. Starting goalkeeper Didi Haracic left the game with an injury in the 15th minute.

The Greyhounds (2-8-0) were able to generate several quality chances in the second half against one of the top defensive teams in the nation, but could not find their way on the scoreboard. The team finished with five shots and two corner kicks on the night.

Junior forward Nichole Schiro and sophomore midfielder Chantal Celestin had the better of the opportunities, as Schiro had a shot sail just high in the 47th minute while Celestin tested keeper Melissa Sanger with a shot in the 80th minute.

The Explorers (7-0-1) are off to their best start in program history and have yet to allow a goal this season.

"La Salle is a very talented and well-organized team," said head coach Katherine Remy Vettori. "There's a reason they have not allowed a goal all season. We were able to generate some good chances but just weren't able to finish. Defensively, I felt our back four played a much better second half and limited their chances."

The back four of Kelsey Rene, Joie McLaughlin, Taylor Bryant and Jenny Thornton helped hold the Explorers scoreless for the final 70 minutes of action.

The game was delayed a little more than an hour due to heavy rain and poor field conditions before resuming in the 30th minute just after 9 p.m. ET. The teams took an abbreviated halftime before finishing the contest after 10 p.m.

The Greyhounds open MAAC play at home on Saturday, Oct. 1 against Rider at 1 p.m.