Aug. 17, 2012
|Date||Wednesday, August 22, 2012|
|Location||Baltimore, Md. | Ridley Athletic Complex|
|Online Media||Live Stats | Free Video | Free Audio|
|Game Notes||Game Notes|
- The Loyola University Maryland women's soccer team begins its 2012 campaign on Wednesday, Aug. 22, at 7 p.m. versus Howard University at Ridley Athletic Complex.
- The Loyola University Maryland women’s soccer went 8-12-1 in 2011 with a 5-3-1 mark in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference play.
- Last year, the Greyhounds made their 19th trip to the MAAC Championship and 17th appearance in the title game where they fell to Marist, 1-0.
- The Greyhounds are 11-8-1 all-time in season-opening games, including 1-2-1 under head coach Katherine Remy Vettori.
- The Greyhounds return nine starters from last year’s squad, including 2011 MAAC Offensive Player of the Year, Nichole Schiro.
Scouting the Bison
- Howard finished 2011 with a 4-12-1 overall record, going 3-3-0 in the Great West Conference.
- The team lost to North Dakota in the Great West Conference quarterfinal.
- The Bison return leading scorer Jordan Brown, who tallied five goals and three assists last year.
- Also returning is All-Great West goalkeeper Kyra Dickinson. She was third in the conference with 89 saves last year and led the league in save percentage at 84-percent.
Series with Howard
- Loyola is 1-0-0 all-time against the Bison, with the only meeting between the two teams coming on Aug. 29, 1997. The Greyhounds won, 12-0.
‘Hounds Picked Third, Three Greyhounds Earn Preseason Honors
- The Greyhounds were picked to finish third in the MAAC Preseason Coaches poll, coming in just behind Marist and Fairfield.
- In addition, three Greyhounds were named to the Preseason All-MAAC team including senior forward Nichole Schiro, senior defender Kelsey Rene and junior goalkeeper Didi Haracic.
- Schiro also was named MAAC Preseason Player of the Year after earning 2011 MAAC Offensive Player of the Year accolades last season.
- Loyola returns six players of last year’s team who earned All-MAAC honors in 2011, highlighted by reigning MAAC Offensive Player of the Year, Nichole Schiro.
- Schiro was joined by senior defender Kelsey Rene on the All-MAAC First Team, while Gigi Mangione, Didi Haracic and Jenny Thornton earned Second Team honors.
- Kelly Santangelo was named to the MAAC All-Rookie Team.
- Senior forward Nichole Schiro enters the 2012 season as the all-time leading scorer in Greyhound history with 37.
- Schiro also had 85 career points, just four points behind Carolyn Kennington for first all-time.
- She ranked second in the MAAC overall with 13 goals and first in league play with nine.
Down to the Wire
- Loyola needed wins in its final two games of the season to qualify for the MAAC Championship last year.
- The Greyhounds coasted to a 6-1 win over Manhattan, but would need overtime to beat Saint Peter’s, 1-0. Nichole Schiro scored the goal that sent Loyola to the 2011 Chick-fil-A MAAC Championship.
- Loyola played 10 games last year that were decided by one goal in 2011, going 4-6 in those contests.
- Since the opening of the Ridley Athletic Complex last season, the Greyhounds have posted a 14-4-1 overall record in their new home, including a 7-4 mark in 2011.
Hit Me With Your Best Shot
- Sophomore keeper Didi Haracic recorded 96 saves in 2011, the fifth-most in a single season in Loyola history.
- Haracic recorded three shutouts on the season while combining with Danielle Ippolito for two more.
- In a two-week stretch from Oct. 14 until Oct 28, Haracic played 336 minutes of regulation without allowing a goal.
- Had another streak from Sept. 11 until Oct. 1 where she played 247-straight minutes without allowing a goal.
In The Coaches Box
- Katherine Remy Vettori enters her fifth season as the head coach of the Greyhounds with a 42-32-9 career record. Vettori, who led Loyola to the MAAC regular-season and tournament titles in 2009, was named Anaconda Sports MAAC Coach of the Year in 2009.
- Vettori has led Loyola to three MAAC Championship appearances in four seasons, going 4-2 in those games.
- Vettori is assisted by first-year assistant coach Lincoln Phillips along with Emily Janss and Dave Nesbitt.
- The Greyhounds head to Michigan for a pair of games, beginning with Michigan State on Friday, August 24 at 2 p.m. The squad then battles Oakland on Sunday, August 26 at 11:30 a.m.