Oct. 17, 2010
BALTIMORE - Nichole Schiro scored twice, and Gianna Mangione had a goal and an assist, as the Loyola University Maryland women's soccer team defeated Iona College, 3-0, on Senior Day at Ridley Athletic Complex on Sunday afternoon.
Prior to the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference game, the Greyhounds (7-8-2 overall, 3-3-0 MAAC) celebrated the careers of four players - seniors Kelly Farrell, Lina Staropoli and Kelly Thomas and graduate student Jessie Knight.
"I am proud of our team for sending the four of them out with two wins this weekend," Head Coach Katherine Vettori said. "We were a little slow to start in the first half, but we challenged them to attack faster in the second half, and I was pleased we were able to do that."
The seniors anchored the Loyola defense and got much of the scoring action in motion, while the sophomores scored the goals. Schiro got the scoring started on the tail end of a Loyola corner kick in the 30th minute.
Alex Reed worked free inside the 18 and ripped a hard shot at the near post that forced Iona goalkeeper Trista Rivera to dive and knock the shot over the end line for a Greyhounds' corner.
Kelly Farrell sent the corner from left to right where Taylor Bryant hit a shot from close in that deflected off the crossbar, bounced down less than a yard off the goaline and spun back to the middle of the six.
Schiro was there to clean up the loose ball, driving in her 13th goal of the season at 30:07 to put Loyola ahead, 1-0.
The Gaels (3-12-1, 1-3-1) put together a combination of three dangerous shots over a span of 90 seconds that nearly put them on the board, but Danielle Ippolito made a save on Leah Taylor's shot, and strikes by Gabriella D'Aprile and Lauren Machtel hit the post and went wide.
Mangione made it a 2-0 lead for the Greyhounds shortly after halftime with her fourth goal of the season. Reed sent a pass to Kelly Thomas on the left touch line, and Thomas crossed the ball toward the far post, just outside the six.
Mangione chipped a shot with her knee that slipped past a charging Rivera and into the right half of the goal at 47:58.
The Greyhounds tacked on a third goal at 56:51 when Mangione floated a long pass over the Iona defense to Schiro who chipped it over the head of Rivera for her second-straight two-goal game.
"(Schiro and Mangione) did a lot of work for their goals today," Vettori said. "Their work rate is so high, and they play extremely hard and earned their goals."
Schiro's 14 goals this season bring her two-year career total to 23. With her second goal today, she moved into seventh place all-time at Loyola in total goals. Her 14 goals are now third on the Loyola single-season chart.
She has 53 career points, tying her for eight all-time at Loyola with Betsy Given. Schiro's 29 points this season are third-most in single-season history, as well.
Thomas' assist was the 16th of her career, giving her sole possession of seventh on the Loyola career chart.
Loyola closed its home regular-season schedule today, but the Greyhounds have three games remaining to finish MAAC play. Loyola will travel to Riverside, N.Y., for a 7 o'clock match next Friday at Manhattan, followed by a 1 p.m. game in Jersey City, N.J., on Sunday against Saint Peter's.