Women's Soccer Hosts Howard To Open Season Wednesday

Aug. 17, 2012

Game Information
Opponent Howard Bison
Date Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Time 7 p.m.
Location Baltimore, Md. | Ridley Athletic Complex
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Game Info

  • 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.

Quick Kicks

  • 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.

Stars Returning

Scintillating Schiro

  • 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.

Close Calls

  • Loyola played 10 games last year that were decided by one goal in 2011, going 4-6 in those contests.

Home Cookin’

  • 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.

Up Next

  • 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.