Oct. 14, 2011
BALTIMORE, Md. - The Loyola University Maryland women's soccer team scored two goals in the final 15 minutes to come from behind and beat visiting Siena, 2-1, on Friday night at Ridley Athletic Complex in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference play.
Trailing 1-0, late in the second half, the Greyhounds had goals from Taylor Bryant and Lauren Norcia to notch a comeback win for the second-straight game. It was the third win in the last four matches for the Greyhounds, who improved to 3-1-0 in MAAC play while Siena dropped to 2-3-0.
"I was really proud of the way we fought," said head coach Katherine Remy Vettori. "It was a really good comeback against a strong Siena team that won the conference last year. I was happy with our overall effort."
The Greyhounds (5-9-0, 3-1-0 MAAC) controlled much of the play in the first half, totaling six shots and five corner kicks over the first 45 minutes.
Kelly Santangelo put two shots on goal in the first half. The freshman almost broke the scoreless tie in the 12th minute, taking a left-footed shot on the left side of the box off a great feed by classmate Amanda Reverberi, but keeper Laura Ettinger was able to make the stop.
Didi Haracic made two stops in the first half, including one of the spectacular variety. Haracic made a diving stop on a breakaway by Lindsay Tegas in the 14th minute that kept the game scoreless.
The Saints (7-6-0, 2-3-0 MAAC), who were preseason favorites to win the MAAC, struck early in the second half, when Ashleigh Barone took a shot off a volley from the right side of the box that beat Haracic into the left-side netting and put the visitors up 1-0 in the 50th minute.
The Greyhounds continued to generate chances but were unable to break through a strong Saints' defensive effort until the 77th minute when Bryant tallied her first career goal to tie the game at one.
Norcia got the play started, sending a corner kick into the box that found the head of Nichole Schiro . Schiro's header came down in the middle of the box to a streaking Bryant, who finished a shot that hit the bottom of the crossbar and went into the back of the net.
It was the fourth-straight game in which Norcia notched an assist, giving her a team-leading six on the season.
Loyola (5-9-0, 3-1-0 MAAC) wasted no time before scoring the go-ahead goal, tallying less than three minutes later. This time it was Norcia, scoring her second career goal and her first career game-winner.
Schiro initiated the play, sending a ball down the right sideline to Kelsey Donohue. Donohue played a ball from the right side across the six-yard box that went under Saints keeper Laura Ettinger and right to Norcia who finished into an empty net to put the Greyhounds on top, 2-1.
The goal was Norcia's second of the year. Since moving to forward, Norcia has a goal and four assists, putting her second on the team with 10 points. She had three career points entering the season.
Loyola would not look back, playing strong defense to hold on for a, 2-1, win. The Greyhounds improved to 11-0-1 all-time in Baltimore against Siena, outscoring the Saints 25-2 in those games. It also made Loyola 11-3-1 at Ridley Athletic Complex.
The Greyhounds finish off the weekend at home on Sunday, October 16 at 1 p.m., when they host the Red Foxes of Marist.