Oct. 9, 2011
NIAGARA UNIVERSITY, N.Y. - Three different Loyola University Maryland women's soccer players - Gigi Mangione, Nichole Schiro and Chantal Celestin - scored goals to lift the Greyhounds to their first road win of the season, beating Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference foe Niagara, 3-2, on Sunday afternoon.
The win was the fifth-straight for the Greyhounds over the Purple Eagles, improving the team to 21-0-1 in the all-time series.
"It was a huge confidence boost for us to get our first road win," said head coach Katherine Remy Vettori. "Niagara and Canisius are very tough places to play. Both games were hard-fought and it was great for us to come out on top today. We're looking forward to coming back home next weekend."
The Purple Eagles (5-8-0, 3-1-0 MAAC) got on the board first when Breanna Catipovic settled a cross from Catherine Meyer in the box and beat keeper Didi Haracic with a low shot to put the home side on top, 1-0, in the sixth minute.
The Greyhounds (4-9-0, 2-1-0 MAAC) responded in the 25th minute, as Mangione blasted a deep shot that just got past the dive of Purple Eagle keeper Gaberielle Wilson for her second goal of the year to knot the game at one apiece. Lauren Norcia assisted on the play, notching her team-leading fifth helper of the season.
Niagara came close to reclaiming the lead in the 27th minute, but Kayla Picanco's hit the post and was cleared away from the net.
Loyola controlled the pace of play for the remainder of the first half, outshooting Niagara 6-0 for the final 18 minutes of the frame as the team's remained tied heading into the break.
Nichole Schiro once again came up with an important goal for the Greyhounds, giving Loyola a, 2-1, lead less than 13 minutes into the second half. It was the junior's seventh goal of the season and gave her 31 for her career, tying her for second all-time with Carolyn Kennington and putting her just two behind Ali Adrzejewski for the most in program history.
Schiro has scored in three-straight games for the Greyhounds and leads the team with 16 points. She has 71 career points, which ranks her third in Loyola program history.
Mangione had the assist on the play, giving her a season-high three points in the match.
The Greyhounds added an insurance goal in the 89th minute, when Chantal Celestin scored her first career goal on an assist on an assist from Tessa McClenahan to give Loyola a, 3-1, advantage. The goal would prove to be the game-winner.
Niagara did get a goal late on a penalty kick by Julianne Viviano with 30 seconds remaining, but Loyola held on for the 3-2 win, handing the Purple Eagles their first conference loss of the season.
"We got great play from our forwards today," said Vettori. "Schiro was dangerous up top as she usually is.Tessa McLenahan was great, once again, in the middle and won a lot of balls in the air. I thought our back four played well after the first goal as well. It was a great group effort."
The Greyhounds return to Ridley Athletic Complex next weekend for a pair of MAAC contests. Loyola takes on Siena on Friday, October 14 at 7 p.m. and Marist on Sunday, October 16 at 1 p.m.