Aug. 23, 2012
|Opponent||Michigan State Spartans|
|Date||Friday, August 24, 2012|
|Location||East Lansing, Mich. | DeMartin Soccer Complex|
|Online Media||Live Stats|
|Game Notes||Game Notes|
|Date||Sunday, August 26, 2012|
|Location||Rochester, Mich. | OU Soccer Field|
|Online Media||Live Stats|
|Game Notes||Game Notes|
- The Loyola University Maryland women's soccer team heads to Michigan to take on Michigan State on Friday, Aug. 24 at 2 p.m. and Oakland on Sunday, Aug. 26 at 11:30 a.m.
- The Loyola University Maryland women’s soccer team started the season with a, 1-1, tie against Howard on Wednesday night.
- The Greyhounds 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 return nine starters from last year’s squad, including 2011 MAAC Offensive Player of the Year, Nichole Schiro.
Scouting the Spartans
- The Spartans are off to a 2-0-0 start to the 2012 season, notching a 4-0 victory at Bowling Green and a 2-1 win over Fordham at home.
- Michigan State is incorporating 10 new players to the 2012 squad after the departure of 10 seniors.
- MSU was picked to finish in a tie for sixth in the Big Ten Preseason Coaches Poll.
- The Spartans are playing six of their eight non-conference games at home at DeMartin Soccer Complex.
- Michgan State finished third in the Big Ten last year with a 14-6-1 overall mark.
- Megan Marsack leads the Spartans with two goals, while Olivia Stander has three assists.
Scouting the Grizzlies
- The Grizzlies enter Sunday’s match-up with the Greyhounds with a 1-0-1 record, defeating Rochester College, 9-0, and tying Eastern Michigan, 3-3.
- Sophomore forward Kyle Kellerman earned her first career Offensive Player of the Week award after recording a hat trick in the win over Rochester College.
- Kellerman leads the team with four goals, while Abigail Haelewyn leads with four assists.
- The Grizzlies won the Summit League in 2011 and made their sixth appearance in the NCAA College Cup.
Last Time Out
- Loyola and Howard played to a 1-1 tie under the lights at Ridley Athletic Complex in the Greyhounds’ season-opener on Wednesday night.
- An own goal by Howard early in the contest was the lone tally for Loyola, but the Greyhounds dominated possession and outshot the Bison 20-3 while earning 13 corners.
- Kyra Dickinson made 10 saves in net for Howard.
- Greyhound all-time leading scorer Nichole Schiro returns to her home state for the two-game road trip. Schiro is originally from Okemos, Mich.
‘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.
Another Title Try
- The Greyhounds added onto their record MAAC tournament appearances, qualifying for the championship for the 19th time in the team’s 20th year in the league.
- With a, 5-0, win over Niagara in the semifinals, the Greyhounds moved on to their 17th MAAC title appearance.
- It was the first time Loyola had played in a MAAC Championship game at home since 1997.
- Marist defeated the Greyhounds, 1-0, to capture its first conference title.
- Loyola moved to 9-4-4 in title games and 26-5-7 in the MAAC Championship.
- Loyola played 10 games last year that were decided by one goal in 2011, going 4-6 in those contests.
Norcia Provides Spark
- Coming into the 2011 season, Lauren Norcia had three career points, with three total assists in her first two years at Loyola.
- Norcia broke that mark in one game as a junior, totaling four points against Saint Louis with a goal and two assists.
- Norcia was moved to forward midway through the season, and proved to be a major part of the offense.
- The Pepper Pike, Ohio, native led the Greyhounds with seven assists and ranked second with 11 points.
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.
- Received MAAC Defensive Player of the Week on Oct. 3 after shutting out Rider.
In The Coaches Box
- Katherine Remy Vettori enters her fifth season as the head coach of the Greyhounds with a 42-32-11 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.