Oct. 7, 2011
BUFFALO - The Loyola University Maryland women's soccer team scored two late goals, but the rally fell just short as the Greyhounds fell, 3-2,on the road at Canisius, on Friday night in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference play.
The Golden Griffins, who were picked to finish second in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, got two goals and an assist from Jenny Griffin to remain unbeaten in MAAC play.
Canisius (8-4-0, 3-0-0) scored three times early in the second half to take a, 3-0, lead, but the Greyhounds fought back with two late goals by junior forward Nichole Schiro.
Schiro scored in the 79th and 88th minutes to cut the deficit to 3-2, but the Greyhounds would run out of time in their comeback bid.
The goals were the fifth and sixth of the season for Schiro, who notched her second-straight multi-goal game and seventh of her career. She now has four goals through two MAAC contests.
Schiro now has 30 career goals and 69 career points, ranking her third all-time in both categories at Loyola.
"It was one of those days where we hit posts and didn't finish chances," Head Coach Katherine Vettori said. "Being down, I was proud of the effort that we never stopped fighting. We learned some lessons that we can't wait until we're down to bring that sort of intensity."
Loyola (3-9-0, 1-1-0 MAAC) had the majority of the offensive opportunities in the first half, outshooting the Golden Griffins 11-3. The 11 shots were the most in one half for the team and equaled the team's best output in an entire game this season.
Schiro had the best opportunity of the first half, taking a shot off a corner kick by Norcia, but Canisius keeper Caroline Roberts made a great save to keep the game scoreless at halftime.
Defensively, the Greyhounds surrendered only three shots without allowing a corner kick in the first 45 minutes. Loyola had four corner kicks in the first frame.
The Golden Griffins broke through in the 51st minute of action when Kelly Reinwald took a shot that was blocked, but the ball deflected to Jenny Griffin in front of the net who finished what would prove to be the game-winning goal.
The goal was the first scored against keeper Didi Haracic in 247 minutes of action. Haracic had recorded back-to-back shutouts in wins over American and Rider.
Griffin helped the home side add an insurance goal in the 71st minute, assisting on a goal by Maria Nems to put Canisius on top, 2-0.
Griffin added her second goal of the night less than three minutes later on Reinwald's second assist of the night.
Schiro put the Greyhounds on the board in the 79th minute, tallying in her second-straight game. The Okemos, Mich., native would add her second goal just nine minutes later on an assist from Lauren Norcia. Norcia, who entered the year with three career assists, now has four this season.
The Greyhounds outshot Canisius, 21-13, and they had nine attempts on goal to the Golden Griffins' six. Loyola also had six corner kicks to Canisius' three. The 21 shots were a season-high.
Loyola takes on Niagara on Sunday at noon before returning to Baltimore for a pair of matches next weekend.