Women’s Soccer Drops 2-1 Overtime Heartbreaker to Loyola

Christine Sadowski's second goal of the season tied the score at 1-1 in the second half.
Christine Sadowski's second goal of the season tied the score at 1-1 in the second half.

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BALTIMORE—Loyola forward Nichole Schiro scored twice, including the game-winner 1:47 into overtime, to lift the host Greyhounds (3-5-2) to a 2-1 victory over the UMBC women's soccer team (1-7-1) Wednesday evening at the Ridley Athletic Complex.

The teams played to a scoreless draw until the 44th minute, when Schiro gave Loyola a 1-0 lead with just 1:34 left in the first half, as she collected a through ball from midfielder Kelly Farrell at the top of the box, beat her defender one-on-one and sent a low shot into the left corner of the net.

Both teams had good opportunities earlier in the period. In the 30th minute, Schiro made a long run down the right side and crossed it into the box, where forward Alex Reed beat a defender and got around UMBC freshman goalie Lauren Kadet (Oakville, Ontario/St. Thomas Aquinas), but her shot was cleared off the goal line by a Retriever defender. Then, with under seven minutes remaining in the half, senior defender Erin Johnson (Norristown, Pa./Methacton) dribbled to within 15 yards and passed to freshman forward Amy Savage (Ottawa, Ontario/Sir Wilfrid Laurier) on the left side. Savage took the shot from 10 yards out, but Loyola keeper Danielle Ippolito made a diving save.

While the Greyhounds dominated play in the first half, outshooting the Retrievers, 12-5, and taking seven corner kicks, UMBC controlled the tempo in the second stanza with an 8-3 advantage on shots and 6-0 on corners.

The Retrievers knotted the score in the 63rd minute, when freshman midfielder Nicole Clark (Ellicott City, Md./Howard) sent a corner kick into the scrum that was cleared out by a Loyola defender. The ball, however, found the feet of senior back Christine Sadowski (Baltimore, Md./Kenwood), who hit a hard shot into the left side of the goal from 16 yards out.

UMBC had a good opportunity to take the lead in the 73rd minute when sophomore back Aly Gazarek (Manassas, Va./Freedom/South Florida) collected a long cross-field pass and rocketed a shot from 10 yards out, Ippolito made a diving save to knock the ball out of bounds.

The Greyhounds took a pair of shots in just 107 seconds in the overtime period. Midfielder Gianna Mangione's open look at 91:02 was stopped by Kadet, but just 45 seconds later she pushed a pass out wide to Farrell, who dribbled about eight yards inside the end line and crossed a pass to Schiro, who headed the ball into the rid side of the net for the game-winner.

Kadet had five saves in the game, while Ippolito stopped seven shots. Loyola finished with a 17-13 shot advantage and a 7-6 edge on corner kicks. Both teams took eight shots on goal.

The Retrievers return to action on Sunday, when they open America East Conference play at Vermont.