BALTIMORE - Behind a goal from freshman Josh Fawole and a four-save shutout by senior Matt Sanchez, the Loyola University Maryland men’s soccer team beat Colgate, 1-0, on Senior Day at Ridley Athletic Complex to secure a first-round bye in the upcoming Patriot League Tournament.
Fawole gave Loyola (7-6-3, 5-1-2 Patriot League) the early lead, scoring in the 16th minute, after Sanchez intercepted a cross attempt of the Raiders’ and booted a clear well past midfield. Freshman Brian Saramago headed it forward to Fawole, who out-ran his defender before slipping a low shot into the far post.
Saramago nearly made it 2-0 in the 24th minute when senior Brennan Goldsmith took control of a ball in the midfield and played it ahead to Saramago on the right wing. Colgate goalkeeper Ricky Brown made a kick save on Saramago’s breakaway attempt though.
Brown then made another kick save for Colgate (10-5-1, 4-2-1) on sophomore Xander Saling’s shot in the 43rd minute when he tried to finish a cross from Saramago after beating a pair of defenders into the box.
Saling and Fawole also created a series of chances in the 72nd minute, but they were unable to finish any of them.
For the game, Sanchez finished with four saves to record his 11th career shutout and fourth of the season.
Prior to the match, Loyola honored its five seniors – Brennan Goldsmith, Matt Sanchez, Ryan Tuck, Laurin Vogel and David Warburton.
The Greyhounds will conclude the regular season on Saturday when they travel to Holy Cross for a 1 p.m. match.