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Giordano Scores Twice in Season Finale at Loyola

Nov. 2, 2013

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(5-10-2, 1-7-1)
  1 2 OT F
 Lafayette 2 1 0 3
 Loyola Maryland 2 1 0 3
Box Score (PDF) | Box Score

(2-11-4, 1-6-2)
 Scoring Summary
 Player  Assist Time
 LC - Torru (2) unassisted 23:57
 LOY - Hayes Miller 24:41
 LC - Giordano (4) Torru, Finelli 24:55
 LOY - Wojcik Wahlig 44:01
 LC - Giordano (5) Jackson 60:31
 LOY - McFadden unassisted 68:14
 Player Mins GA S
 LC - Sedillo 110:00 3 5
 LOY - Haracic 110:00 3 10

BALTIMORE, Md. - Double overtime was not enough to determine a winner as Loyola answered every Lafayette punch in a seesaw battle on Saturday night at Ridley Soccer Complex. Jaclyn Giordano scored twice for Lafayette in the 3-3 draw with the Greyhounds.

Scoring chances and quality saves were a theme throughout the contest as Loyola erased three different deficits on the night. Lafayette held a 22-18 advantage in shots, including 11 by Giordano.

“I thought it was a very exciting game for everyone involved,” head coach Mick Statham “I thought the players played hard and represented the College with great distinction. We had our chances to win the game in second overtime, but at the end of the day the result is probably fair for both teams.” 

Early on a right footed shot from 25 yards out by Charlotte Miller made Lafayette goalie Danielle Sedillo slide to her right to deflect the shot off the post. Lafayette cleared the danger to keep the game scoreless.

Nine minutes into the match a solo run by Giordano nearly put the Leopards on the board. Giordano worked her way between two Loyola defenders and was able to get off an off-balance shot, but it skipped wide of the target.

A little more than 10 minutes later Kaelin King sent a low cross into the near side of the Loyola penalty area for Giordano, who had her back to goal. Giordano took a touch and sent a pass back to the top of the 18 for Avery Jackson, who ripped a shot from there that goalkeeper Didi Haracic knocked over the bar for a corner kick. The Leopards were unsuccessful on the corner and the game remained tied.

The Lafayette attack continued to apply pressure and broke through in the 24th minute when Allie Torru deposited her second goal of the season past Haracic. A long service into the box from Julia Wescott landed in a mass of bodies and eventually fell to Torru's right foot for a blast from six yards out.

Loyola answered quickly on the other end. A low service by Miller across the face of goal from the right flank made its way to the far post for Rosy Hayes who was able to stick her left foot around Wescott and slide it inside the post on Sedillo's near side.

It didn't take long after Loyola's equalizer for Lafayette to regain its advantage. Alyssa Finelli played a ball from the left flank to Torru inside, before she sent a through ball into Giordano and she slotted a right footed shot past Haracic for her fourth goal of the year. The goal came 14 seconds after Hayes scored for Loyola and was the third tally in a 58 second span.

The cushion was short lived for Lafayette again as Loyola found the back of the net in the final minute of the period. A long cross by Nicole Wahlig found Nicole Wojcik in behind the Lafayette back line and she one-timed a shot off the far post and in to tie the score at 2-2, completing the high-scoring first half.

A pass from King sprung Giordano into a 1v1 situation with Haracic nearly 11 minutes into the second half. As Giordano made her way into the Loyola box, Haracic came out to cut down the angle before Giordano attempted to sidestep the Greyhounds' keeper. Haracic sprawled out to her left and took the ball off Giordano's foot before she was able to get off a shot.

The junior striker would not be denied on her next opportunity and put Lafayette ahead 3-2 with her second marker of the night. Jackson lofted a cross toward Giordano inside the area where she chested it down around her defender, who got spun around on the play, before chipping a shot into the far side netting.

Following another Giordano chance that missed wide, and would have given the Leopards a two-goal lead, Loyola battled back to tie the score again. Katelyn McFadden took a throw in on the far sideline and carried the ball into the box before unleashing a low shot that made its way through the Lafayette defense and inside the far post.

The first chance of the first overtime period came in the 97th minute when Wojcik received a pass and was in on the right side. Sedillo came over to cut down the angle and denied Wojcik's shot before knocking it out for a corner kick. The corner didn't result in a scoring chance and the two sides needed another 10 minute period. Sedillo ended the night with five saves.

Sedillo made a similar save on Miller in the opening minutes of the second OT session to keep the game going. The Leopards almost scored the game winner three different times in the second overtime and Haracic kept the Greyhounds in it with a tremendous individual effort. Twice Giordano was stoned by the Loyola keeper and Finelli was blanked on her shot from 10 yards out. Haracic finished with 10 saves.

Lafayette closes its 2013 campaign with a 5-10-2 overall record and a 1-7-1 mark in Patriot League play.

Game Notes:

Loyola leads the all-time series with Lafayette 2-0-1.

Tonight's game was the first-ever Patriot League meeting between the two sides.

Giordano's two goals give her nine in her career.

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