Sept. 24, 2010
BALTIMORE - Loyola University Maryland's Nichole Schiro scored an overtime game-winner for the second time in three days to lift the Greyhounds over Mount St. Mary's, 1-0, on Friday night at Ridley Athletic Complex.
Schiro scored on a low shot into the right corner of the net 3:12 into the first overtime period. On Wednesday night, she scored a pair of goals, including the winner 1:47 into overtime of a 2-1 victory against UMBC.
Loyola (4-5-2 overall), which has played a school record six-straight overtime games, ends its regular-season non-conference slate on a three-game unbeaten streak.
"It's good for us to go into MAAC play with some momentum," Head Coach Katherine Vettori said. "Nichole is just a warrior for us. She plays so hard, and she really came through. The Mount's goalkeeper (Alicia Miller) is very good, and she was tough on us for the second year in a row. We told (the team) that she is very good in the air and to shoot low, and that is what Nichole was able to do."
The Greyhounds tallied 19 shots to the Mountaineers' six, but only six of Loyola's attempts were on goal. Miller made five saves for Mount St. Mary's, while the Greyhounds' Danielle Ippolito stopped all four shots on goal she faced for her third shutout of the season.
Loyola controlled most of the first-half tempo, outshooting the Mountaineers, 11-2, and logging a 5-1 advantage in corner kicks. Only three of Loyola's shots were on goal, as its most dangerous chances came on Kelly Farrell services into the box that Schiro headed wide.
Jessie Knight had the best Loyola shot on frame in the first period, sending a curling ball to the near post that Miller knocked over the end line.
Ragan Cote nearly gave The Mount a lead in the 35th minute. She had a one-on-one breakaway, but her shot to the near post was saved by Ippolito.
The Mount went on the offensive early in the overtime period. Mary McCarron took a shot from 30 yards out that curled to the center of the goal where Ippolito made a back-peddling save to avert a Mountaineers' goal.
Kelly Baker also had a shot from near the top of the 18 after McCarron's attempt that was blocked by a Loyola defender.
McLaughlin played the ball into the box where it was headed out by a Mount St. Mary's defender. Taylor Bryant redirected it to Maggie Ebner who squibbed a pass toward the top of the 18 where Schiro was posted.
Schiro settled the ball down and took one touch right to get past a Mount defender. She shot low and hard to the left of a diving Miller and into the lower right corner of the goal.
Schiro leads Loyola with eight goals this season.
The Greyhounds open Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference action on Friday, October 1, 7 p.m, at Ridley Athletic Complex against Canisius College.