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Greyhounds Head To Michigan For Pair Of Weekend Matches

Nichole Schiro returns to her home state of Michigan.
Nichole Schiro returns to her home state of Michigan.

Aug. 23, 2012

Game Information
Opponent Michigan State Spartans
Date Friday, August 24, 2012
Time 2 p.m.
Location East Lansing, Mich. | DeMartin Soccer Complex
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Game Information
Opponent Oakland Grizzlies
Date Sunday, August 26, 2012
Time 11:30 a.m.
Location Rochester, Mich. | OU Soccer Field
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Game Info

  • 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.

Quick Kicks

  • 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.

Michigan Connection

  • 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.

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.

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.

Close Calls

  • 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.