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Ippolito's Career-High 14 Saves Key In 1-1 Women's Soccer Tie

Sophomore Nichole Schiro scored Loyola's only goal against La Salle.

Sophomore Nichole Schiro scored Loyola's only goal against La Salle.

Sept. 12, 2010

Final Stats

BALTIMORE - Loyola University Maryland goalkeeper Danielle Ippolito made a career-high 14 saves on Sunday morning, including three on one-versus-one breakaways, helping preserve a 1-1 double-overtime tie for the Greyhounds against visiting La Salle University at Ridley Athletic Complex.

"Danielle changed the game for us today," Head Coach Katherine Vettori said. "She stepped up big, especially on the breakaways. There were a few times that I thought the ball was going to be in, but she made every save."

Ippolito increased her career-high by five saves, topping the mark of nine she had two weeks ago at Nebraska.

Loyola (2-4-1 overall) took a 1-0 lead six minutes before halftime on a set piece set up by a La Salle (4-2-1) foul. Katelyn McFadden took the ball to the endline, but she was fouled from behind by an Explorers defender.

Kelly Farrell set up for a free kick from just over five yards outside the 18, just feet inside the end line on the right side of the goal. Farrell lifted a cross into the box where Nichole Schiro rose above the other players, to put a hard header into the right side of the goal exactly 39 minutes into the match.

Neither La Salle, nor Loyola, had a shot for the remainder of the first half, but the Explorers made their first two shots count in the second.

 

 

Less than 40 seconds after the break, Leigh Gray came into the 18 from the right side and struck a hard shot that was deflected by Ippolito.

Anna Dolhansky, however, was crashing on the left side and took the rebounded uncontested and scored at 45:39 to even the game at 1-1.

From there, however, Ippolito became the biggest factor in the game, making nine of her 14 saves in the second half and overtime.

Ippolito's biggest saves came on one-versus-one breakaways. La Salle's Renee Washington, who led all players with 11 shots and six on goal, got free past the Loyola defense in the 80th, 87th and 89th minutes, but Ippolito made sliding and diving saves on each.

She also stopped a Washingotn shot in the 92nd minute, and then tipped a Gray header off the cross bar with 17 seconds left in the first overtime.

In the 104th minute, Washington had another breakaway, but Ippolito cut down the angle, and Washington's shot went high and wide. She made another save on Washington in the 105th minute.

Gianna's Mangione had Loyola's two best chances in the second half and overtime.

In the 84th minute, Schiro broke free from three Explorers in the right corner, made her way into space and sent a perfect cross to an onrushing Manginone. With La Salle goalkeeper Gabby Pakhtigian moving to her left, Mangione put a shot toward the right post, but Pakhtigian was able to get a hand on the ball, knocking it clear of the goal.

Mangione had another opportunity in the 97th minute, but Pakhtigian made another save.

Loyola heads on the road next weekend for a pair of games in Missouri. The Greyhounds take on the University of Missouri on Friday, September 17, at 7:30 p.m. (Eastern)/6:30 p.m. (Central), and they then face Saint Louis University on Sunday, September 19, at 2 p.m. (Eastern)/1 p.m. (Central).