William & Mary, N.C. State Next Up For Women's Soccer

Aug. 31, 2010

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Opponents William & Mary
Date September 3, 2010
Time 7 p.m. | 1 p.m.
Location Williamsburg, Va. | Martin Family Stadium
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Game Information
Opponents North Carolina State
Date September 5, 2010
Time 1 p.m.
Location Raleigh, N.C. | Dail Soccer Field
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Game Data

  • Loyola University Maryland's women's soccer team plays the final two games of a four-game road trip this week when it travels to William & Mary and North Carolina State for a pair of non-conference games. The Tribe enters the game ranked 16th nationally by Soccer America, and first in the Mid-Atlantic Region in the NSCAA/adidas regional poll.
  • The Greyhounds first face the Tribe in Williamsburg, Va., on Friday, September 3, at 7 p.m. Loyola then takes on the Wolfpack at 1 p.m. on Sunday, September 5, in Raleigh, N.C.

Series History

  • Loyola and William & Mary will meet for the fifth time when the teams take the field on Friday night. The Tribe won the first two meetings in 1996 and 2000, but Loyola recorded victories in 2003 and 2004 to even the series record at 2-2-0.
  • North Carolina State won the only previous meeting between the Wolfpack and Greyhounds, a 4-0 decision in Raleigh during the 1996 season.

Last Time Out

  • Loyola lost a pair of games last weekend at the adidas Husker Classic in Lincoln, Neb.
  • Gianna Mangione scored in the eighth minute of Friday's game against Creighton, off a Nichole Schiro assist, to stake Loyola to a 1-0 advantage. The Blue Jays, however, rallied to score twice before the end of the first half, and they held on for a 2-1 win.
  • Nebraska tallied a free-kick goal and a score on a rebounded shot in the 25th and 72nd minutes, respectively, and the host Cornhuskers defeated Loyola, 2-0.

Picking Up Where She Left Off

  • Gianna Mangione scored the first goal of the game against Creighton last Friday, giving the Greyhounds a 1-0 advantage in the eighth minute of play.
  • The goal was Mangione's first of the season and third of her Loyola career. All three goals, however, have come in the last five games in which she has played, dating back to the 2010 MAAC Semifinals against Canisius.
  • Mangione was named the 2010 MAAC Championships Most Valuable Player after scoring a goal against both Canisius and Niagara in the semifinal and championship match.

Schiro Strikes Twice

  • Nichole Schiro had the first multi-goal game of her career in the season opener against Towson, scoring both goals in the first half. She scored her first goal at 39:30 and the second, and eventual game-winner, at 43:54.
  • On August 23, Schiro was named to the Top Drawer Soccer National Team of the Week for her efforts against the Tigers.
  • In 24 games at Loyola, Schiro has scored 11 goals, six of them the game-winning variety.
  • As a freshman in 2009, Schiro scored nine goals and assisted on six others for 24 points. She scored six of her goals in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference action, leading the lead in goals during league play, and she earned MAAC All-Rookie honors.

Cracking The Starting 11

  • Two players made the first starts of their collegiate careers last weekend against Creighton and Nebraska. Joie McLaughlin started on defense against Creighton, and Gianna Garfall got her first starting nod on the back line versus Nebraska.
  • In all, six players have started games this season after having not started in previous years for Loyola - Garfall, McLaughlin, Kelsey Donohue (Towson, Nebraska), Jessie Knight (all three), Alex Reed (all three) and Brittany Yancey (all three).

Classy Senior

  • Lina Staropoli has been named one of 30 candidates nationally for the 2010 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award. The award honors seniors who show exemplary merit in the classroom, competition, character and community.
  • Staropoli, a 2010 Preseason All-MAAC team member, assisted on Loyola's first goal of the season, a Kelly Farrell score in the 34th minute versus Towson. The assist was the 16th of Staropoli's career at Loyola, moving her into sole possession of sixth place on the school's all-time list.
  • With her next assist, she'll move into a tie for fifth with Ashley Kramer and Katie Elliott.

2009 In Review

  • Loyola advanced to its seventh NCAA College Cup in 2009 and finished the season with a 15-5-3 record, 9-0-0 in MAAC regular-season play. The Greyhounds then traveled to Winston-Salem, N.C., for the first round of the 2009 College Cup and played West Virginia. The Mountaineers came away with a 3-0 victory.
  • Loyola put together a 14-game unbeaten streak from September 18-November 1, the longest in program history. The Greyhounds' 15 wins are tied for second-most in the annals of Loyola women's soccer.
  • The Greyhounds retained 60.5-percent of their goal scoring and 80-percent of assist contributors from last year.
  • Nichole Schiro led all Loyola players in 2009 with nine goals and 24 total points, while Kelly Thomas was the team leader with eight assists.

In The Coaches Box

  • Katherine Remy Vettori starts her third season as the head coach of the Greyhounds, bringing a 25-13-7 career record to the sidelines at the start of the season.
  • Vettori, who led Loyola to the MAAC regular-season and tournament titles last year, was named Anaconda Sports MAAC Coach of the Year in 2009.
  • Vettori is assisted by third-year assistant coaches Erin Konheim, Amanda Piccirilli and Dave Nesbitt.