Staropoli's PK Lifts Women's Soccer Over Manhattan

Oct. 22, 2010

Final Stats

RIVERDALE, N.Y. - Lina Staropoli scored on a penalty kick in the 15th minute, and the Loyola University Maryland women's soccer team posted its third-consecutive shutout on Friday night in a 1-0 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference victory over Manhattan at Gaelic Park.

Staropoli tallied the game's only goal at 15:10 after a Jaspers' foul in the box set up the penalty kick.

Katelyn McFadden beat two Jaspers defenders and drove into the box. She was then taken down by a third defender, setting up the penalty kick.

The goal was Staropoli's first of the season and seventh of her career. It was also the first penalty kick she had attempted at Loyola.

"While we did not connect passes very well, I was proud of the effort we gave. Manhattan has been a very difficult place for us to play," Head Coach Katherine Vettori said. "Katelyn had a great game for us, creating things, and Tessa McClenahan had a good game in the center midfield."

The game was the sixth in a row between the Greyhounds and Manhattan decided by one goal or less. It was their first win in Riverdale since October 17, 2004.

Loyola (8-8-2 overall, 4-3-0 MAAC) outshot the Jaspers (4-11-1, 2-4-0), 24-18, and put 14 shots on goal.

The Greyhounds held the Manhattan to just five shots on goal, and goalkeeper Danielle Ippolito made saves on all five to record Loyola's third clean sheet in as many games.

Kara Davis made 13 saves for Manhattan.

Loyola is back in action on Sunday afternoon when they play at 1 o'clock against Saint Peter's in Jersey City.