The Loyola University Maryland women’s soccer team passes the midway point in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference season this weekend, as the Greyhounds host Siena on Friday night at 7 p.m. and Marist on Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. at Ridley Athletic Conference.
The Greyhounds notched their first road victory of the season last weekend, beating Niagara, 3-2, on Sunday afternoon.
Loyola is 4-1 all-time in MAAC play at Ridley Athletic Complex after defeating Rider, 3-0, on October 1.
Junior forward Nichole Schiro brings a three-game goal streak into play this weekend. Schiro leads the MAAC in goals with five, and points with 10 in three conference games.
Scouting the Saints
The Saints enter the weekend with a 7-4-0 overall record while going 2-2-0 in MAAC play.
Siena lost its first two MAAC contests on the road at Fairfile and Iona, before defeating Saint Peter’s and Manhattan at home.
The Saints are unbeaten at home (5-0-0) but have just a 2-4-0 record on the road this season.
Siena was picked to win the MAAC in the Preseason Coaches’ Poll and boast two preseason All-MAAC selections in Shannon Clancy and Lindsay Tegas.
Ashleigh Barone leads the Saints with seven goals and 15 points. Barone has scored three goals in four MAAC matches and ranks sixth in the conference with seven points.
Scouting the Red Foxes
The Red Foxes enter the weekend as the only remaining unbeaten team in MAAC playing, winning their first four matches.
Marist is 9-4-0 overall and 4-0-0 in conference play. The Red Foxes are unbeaten in their last four matches and have won eight of nine overall.
Marist is the highest scoring team in conference play, averaging 3.25 goals per match. The Red Foxes have totaled 13 goals in four MAAC games.
The Red Foxes also lead in goals allowed, surrendering just two goals in four games for a 0.50 goals against average.
Amanda Epstein leads the team with seven goals overall, while Jackie Frey owns the team lead in goals in conference play with four.
Series with Siena
The Greyhounds own a 19-2-2 advantage in the all-time series against Siena.
The Saints defeated the Greyhounds, 3-2, in Albany last season, breaking a three-game winning streak in the series for Loyola.
Loyola has never lost to Siena in Baltimore, posting a 10-0-1 record.The Greyhounds have outscored Siena 23-1 in those contests. The Saints last scored a goal at Loyola on October 2, 2005.
Series with Marist
Loyola is 12-2-4 all-time against Marist, including 5-1-2 in Baltimore.
This is the first time the two programs have met at Ridley Athletic Complex.
Marist won the last meeting, beating Loyola 1-0 during the 2010 season. Prior to that, the Greyhounds had won three-straight and were unbeaten in the last seven match-ups.
Return of the MAAC
Loyola owns a 131-15-14 record all-time against MAAC opponents.
The Greyhounds have the most MAAC Championship titles (9) and most MAAC Tournament appearances (16) of any team in the conference.
Third Time’s a Charm
Junior forward Nichole Schiro has scored in three-straight games for the Greyhounds (all conference matches), totaling five goals in those three matches.
Schiro notched her sixth and seventh career multi-goal games, scoring twice (including the game-winner) against Rider, and scoring two more times in a loss to Canisius.
The junior added the second goal of the game in a, 3-2, win over Niagara.
Schiro leads the MAAC in conference play in goals with five, and points with 10.
Climbing the Charts
Nichole Schiro totaled three goals over the weekend against Canisius and Niagara, giving her a total of 31 goals and 71 points for her career.
She became just the third player in Loyola history to eclipse the 30-goal mark and is currently tied for second on the Loyola career list, just two behind Ali Andrzejewski for the program record.
The 71 points ranks third on the all-time career chart, 18 points behind program leader Carolyn Kennington.
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.