Women's Soccer Drops OT Thriller To Canisius, 3-2

Oct. 1, 2010

Final Stats

BALTIMORE -- Down 2-0 with 10 minutes left to Canisius, the Loyola University Maryland women's soccer team rallied to force its seventh-straight overtime on Friday night, but the Griffins scored in the extra frame as Loyola fell in the first game of its Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference schedule, 3-2.

Loyola moves to 4-6-2 overall and 0-1-0 in the MAAC with the result. Canisius improves to 7-4-0 on the season and 1-0-0 in MAAC play.

"Canisius outplayed us tonight," Head Coach Katherine Vettori said. "We did not capitalize on our set pieces, and we had defensive lapses that led to goals, but they outplayed us everywhere."

Kelly Reinwald put Canisius on the scoreboard soon after a scoreless first half with a goal at 58:58. Brianna Smith and Dina Gabrielli's combined efforts sent Reinwald the ball through the middle at the top of the box. Reinwald took a shot that the Loyola defense attempted to keep out of the net, but the ball found its way in and Canisius led early in the second half, 1-0.

The Griffins struck again with a little over 10 minutes remaining in the match. Christina Gullo launched a cross into the box that Kelly Reinwald played to Brianna Smith, who ripped a shot from 10 yards away to give Canisius a 2-0 advantage.

Loyola wasted little time responding, converting on a chance less than a minute later. After taking a corner kick that returned the ball back to her, Kelly Farrell lifted a ball into the box that Gianna Mangione headed in for her second goal of the season.

The drama continued to build as the clock wound down and with 3:45 left, Loyola delivered. Alex Reed played a ball into the box that bounced off of a Canisius defender and into the net for an own goal. The match stood tied, 2-2.

For a school-record seventh game in a row, the Greyhounds were headed for overtime.

Loyola had several chances in the first overtime period but the Griffins would first. Kasey Makowski took the ball to the end line and sent in a cross to Keily Funk, whose shot from six yards out beat Loyola goalkeeper Didi Haracic at 96:45 to seal the win for Canisius, 3-2.

Despite 16 combined first-half shots, neither team was able to score before the break. Canisius had two breakaway opportunities in less than two minutes early that the Haracic turned away.

Smith and Reinwald each made runs past the Loyola defense, but Haracic made sliding saves on both shots to stop the challenges.

The Greyhounds' best first-half chance came later. Mangione created space with several touches at the top left of the 18 and ripped a hard shot that was tipped off the crossbar by Canisius goalkeeper Lesley Ivinac in the 26th minute.

The ball fell to Reed who shot low at the far post, but Ivinac extended her foot and made a kick-save to thwart the chance.

Loyola returns to Ridley Athletic Complex on Sunday for another MAAC matchup against the Niagara Purple Eagles. Kick-off is set for noon.