Hokie Invitational Up Next For Women's Soccer

Sept. 6, 2011

Game Information
Opponent No. 18 Wake Forest Demon Deacons
Date Friday, September 9, 2011
Time 5 p.m.
Location Blacksburg, Va. | Thompson Field
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Game Information
Opponent No. 25 Virginia Tech Hokies
Date Sunday, September 11, 2011
Time 2 p.m.
Location Blacksburg, Va. | Thompson Field
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Game Data

  • The Loyola University Maryland women’s soccer team heads to Blacksburg, Va., for the Hilton Gardens Hokie Invitational on Sept. 9 and 11 to battle No. 18 Wake Forest on Friday, Sept. 9 at 5 p.m. and No. 25 Virginia Tech on Sunday, Sept. 11 at 2 p.m.

Quick Kicks

  • The Greyhounds are coming off their first win of the season after defeating Saint Louis, 4-2, on Sunday, Sept. 4 at Ridley Athletic Complex. Loyola is 8-3-1 at home since the new building opened last season.
  • Junior Nichole Schiro, 2010 MAAC Co-Offensive Player of the Year, scored two goals and had two assists in Loyola’s two games last week. Schiro ranks fourth in career goals (26) and fifth in career points (61) on the Greyhounds’ all-time list.
  • Of Loyola’s 10 non-conference matchups, three come against nationally ranked opponents (No. 6 Maryland, No. 18 Wake Forest and No. 25 Virginia Tech), while High Point and Boston University were both picked to win their respective conferences.

Scouting the Demon Deacons

  • Wake Forest enters the weekend ranked No. 18 in the NSCAA Coaches’ Poll and No. 22 in the Soccer America poll.
  • The Deamon Deacons were picked to finish seventh in the ACC in the preseason coaches poll after winning the conference last year.
  • The team also returns 85% of its scoring from a year ago, including Katie Stengel who set a school record with 16 goals and 37 points last season. Stengel as named to the MAC Hermann Trophy watch list.
  • The team enters the weekend at 4-1-0 with wins over Auburn, Central Florida, UNC Greensboro and Campbell with their only loss coming against Connecticut at the Wake Forest Nike Challenge.

Scouting the Hokies

  • The Hokies have tied their best start in school history with a perfect 6-0-0 record entering the weekend.
  • Virginia Tech has qualified for three-straight NCAA Tournaments, advancing to the Sweet 16 in 2010.
  • The Hokies return five starters from last year’s squad, including ACC All-Freshmen selections Jazmine Reeves and Dayle Colpitts.
  • Also returning is Kelly Conheeney, a 2010 VaSID All-State second team selection who led the team in shots (46), game-winning goals (3), assists (12) and points (22).
  • Conheeney leads the team with six goals and 14 points through the first six matches. The Hokies have outscored opponents to a tune of 19-3 while averaging more than 10 SOG per game.

Series with Wake Forest

  • The Greyhounds and the Demon Deacons have met three times, with Wake Forest leading the all-time series 2-1-0.
  • Wake Forest won the first match between the two programs on Sept. 14, 1997, 4-0. The Demon Deacons also won the last meeting, 2-1, on Aug. 30, 2009 in Winston-Salem, N.C.
  • Loyola won, 2-1, on Sept. 7, 2007 at the same Hokie Invitational. This is the third meeting between the schools on a neutral field and the second time at the Hokie Invitational.

Series with Virginia Tech

  • The Hokies and Greyhounds have met twice in the past with Loyola recording an 0-1-1 mark in those contests. The Hokies won the first meeting, 2-0, on Sept. 10, 2000.
  • Loyola and Virginia Tech last met on Sept. 9, 2007 in the Hokie Invitational, with the teams tying 1-1.

Last Time Out

  • Four different Greyhounds scored in Loyola’s, 4-2, win over Saint Louis on Sunday, Sept. 4.
  • Juniors Lauren Norcia, Kelsey Rene and Nicky Alagna scored their first career goals.
  • Norcia led the team with a career-high four points, scoring the team’s first goal and adding on two assists.
  • Nichole Schiro scored her 26th career goal in the contest, giving the Greyhounds a 2-1 halftime lead.
  • Rene scored a goal on a header off a Norcia corner kick, putting Loyola on top 3-1 in the 51st minute.
  • Alagna tacked on the fourth goal off a Schiro assist in the in the 78th minute.
  • The four goals were the most for the Greyhounds since defeating Iona, 5-0, on Oct. 16. 2009.

Career Firsts

  • In Loyola’s 4-2 win over Saint Louis, juniors Kesley Rene, Nicky Alagna and Lauren Norcia each notched their first career goals. Norcia scored the game’s first goal, while Rene scored the eventual game-winner on a header from a corner kick. Alagna added the fourth goal in the contest.

Career Night for Norcia

  • Greyhound junior defender Lauren Norcia had a career game against Saint Louis, scoring her first career goal and adding two assists in Loyola’s 4-2 win.
  • The Pepper Pike, Ohio, native became the first Greyhound since Kelly Farrell on Sept. 22, 2010 to notch two assists in one game.
  • Norcia had three career points in her two-plus years as a Greyhound before notching four points against the Billikens.

Climbing the Charts

  • Nichole Schiro scored two goals and had two assists last weekend in games against High Point and Saint Louis, giving her 26 career goals and 61 career points.
  • Schiro ranked fourth at Loyola in career goals and fifth in career points in two-plus years as a Greyhound.
  • Schiro scored 15 goals in 2010, which tied for second on the Greyhounds’ single-season chart with Ali Andrzejewski’s 2005 total. Andrzejewski holds the school record with 18 in 2004. Schiro’s 31 points last year are third behind Andrzejewski’s 43 and 32 from 2004 and 2005.

Free Live Video Streaming of Home Games Available on

  • Beginning this season Loyola University Maryland will offer free video of most home athletic events for the 2011-12 season.
  • Loyola will partner with Stretch Internet to provide the content. The department also will continue to offer free audio of games, and it will provide live stats through the Stretch Internet portal.
  • Loyola games that are being broadcast will be available on a variety of smart phones including iPhones, Android and select Blackberry devices. Video, audio and live stats will be available on phone browsers.
  • Loyola will broadcast all non-televised home contests and men’s and women’s soccer, basketball, lacrosse and select volleyball games.

Tough Non-Conference Schedule

  • Of the Greyhounds’ 10 non-conference games, three will come against teams ranked in the NSCAA  top 25. Loyola played No. 6 Maryland and will take on No. 18 Wake Forest and No. 25 Virginia Tech this weekend.
  • Boston University is now ranked in the top 25 and was picked to win the America East.
  • The non-conference schedule also includes back-to-back Big South champion, High Point.

Filling the Seats

  • The Greyhounds have set Ridley Athletic Complex women’s soccer attendance records in two of their three home games this year.
  • Loyola initially set the attendance record in the team’s home-opener, when 791 fans came out to support the Greyhounds against Maryland on Monday, Aug. 22.
  • The Greyhounds broke that record against High Point on Friday, Sept. 2, when 1,036 fans came out to Ridley.

Schiro, Tana Earn MAAC Weekly Honors

  • Junior Nichole Schiro was named MAAC Offensive Player of the Week, while freshman Gabrielle Tana was named MAAC Rookie of the Week for the week ending Aug. 21.
  • Schiro led the Greyhounds with three shots, including two on net in a 2-0 loss at Towson.
  • Tana provided a spark off the bench for the Greyhounds in the second half, generating quality scoring chances and coming inches away from an equalizing goal early in the second half.

Oh Captain, My Captain

  • Juniors Nichole Schiro and Gianna Mangione will serve as captains for the 2011 Greyhounds.
  • Mangione and Schiro combined for 41 of the teams 77 total points last year.

‘Hounds Picked Fourth in MAAC; Schiro Garners Preseason Honors

  • Loyola was picked to finish fourth in the MAAC in the preseason coaches’ poll after tying for fourth in 2010
  • Junior Nichole Schiro was named to the Preseason All-MAAC team. Schiro was the 2010 MAAC Co-Offensive Player of the Year and an All-MAAC First Team selection.

Home Cookin’

  • Since the opening of the Ridley Athletic Complex last season, the Greyhounds have posted an 8-3-1 overall record in their new home.
  • In 2010, Loyola outscored its opponents 16-7 at Ridley, and Greyhounds’ keepers Danielle Ippolito and Didi Haracic posted a 0.74 goals against average.

On the Road Again

  • Loyola went 2-8-1 on the road in 2010 and started the 2011 season with a 0-3 mark.
  • The Greyhounds have been outscored 8-0 in three road games this year.

In the Coaches’ Box

  • Katherine Remy Vettori is entering in her fourth season as the head coach of the Greyhounds with a 35-25-9 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 is assisted by fourth-year assistant coach Erin Mandras along with Emily Janss and Dave Nesbitt.

Up Next

  • Loyola hosts American at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 21 in the first game of a doubleheader with the men’s team. The Greyhounds then head to La Salle on Friday, Sept. 23 at 7 p.m.