Oct. 28, 2011
BALTIMORE, Md. - Junior forward Nichole Schiro became the all-time leading scorer in Loyola University Maryland women's soccer history, notching her first-career hat trick and lifting the Greyhounds to a, 6-1, win over visiting Manhattan on Friday night at Ridley Athletic Complex.
Schiro's hat trick was the first for a Greyhound since Ali Adrzejewski on August, 26, 2005 against East Carolina and also gave her 34 career goals, breaking Adrzejewski's record of 33 that has stood since 2005.
The win moved Loyola to 6-11-1 overall and 4-3-1 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, while Manhattan dropped to 3-12-2 overall and 1-6-1 in the MAAC.
Loyola tallied five times in the first half, with Schiro scoring the first three and Tessa McClenahan and Joie McLaughlin adding the final two. The five goals in the first half were the most the Greyhounds had scored in an entire game this year. Deja Walker rounded out the scoring with a goal in the 90th minute to put the final at 6-1.
The Greyhounds took control of the game early, with Schiro scoring three-straight goals before the Jaspers could respond. The first came in the ninth minute of play, as Lauren Norcia delivered a free kick from 30 yards out on the left side of the field into the penalty area that was settled by Schiro and finished into the left-side netting from six-yards out.
The junior added her second of the game in the 24th minute, with freshman Amanda Reverberi acting as the catalyst. Reverberi played a through-ball down the ride sideline to a sprinting Kelsey Donohue, who sent a cross into the box that was deflected by Schiro at the six-yard line into the back of the net.
Loyola scored the third goal on another set piece, as Norcia sent a corner kick into the center of the penalty area that was headed down by Kelsey Rene off of Manhattan Keeper Maria Sanzari and finished on the rebound by Schiro in the 27th minute.
The natural hat trick was the third multi-goal game of the season for Schiro, who has ten goals and 24 points on the season.
The ten goals ties Schiro for the sixth-most in a single season while her 24 points is tied for seventh-most in a single season.
Manhattan answered the Greyhound third goal quickly, as Devon Lutz scored just 25 seconds later to cut the deficit to 3-1.
Loyola responded on the first goal of the season for McClenahan in the 29th minute of play, putting the Greyhounds on top 4-1 on a goal off a rebound from a corner kick.
McLaughlin rounded out the scoring in the first half, taking a cross from Gigi Mangione and firing a shot from 15-yards out into the top netting for her first career goal and giving Loyola a 5-1 advantage at the break.
Neither side was able to tally in the first half until Walker found the back of the net for her first career goal in the 90th minute of action to put the final at 6-1. Reverberi had the assist once again, notching her first career multi-assist game.
The six goals were the most for the Greyhounds since scoring nine against Saint Peter's on October 7, 2007.
Besides becoming the all-time leading scorer, Schiro also became the first Greyhound since Christina Gomez on November 11, 2011 against Iona to notch five-plus points in a single game. Schiro also moved into second all-time in career points with 79. She trails all-time leader Carolyn Kennington who had 89 in her career.
Loyola plays its final regular-season game of the season on Sunday, October 23 at 1 p.m. against Saint Peter's. The Greyhounds will celebrate Senior Day by honoring defender Joie McLaughlin and manager Kim Byrnes and Maggie Ebner in a pregame ceremony.