Freshman Brian Saramago scored a pair of goals in the opening 16 minutes of the Loyola University Maryland men’s soccer team’s game versus Lehigh Saturday night, getting the Greyhounds a 2-1 victory at Ridley Athletic Complex.
In knocking off the 2015 Patriot League Tournament Champions, the Greyhounds (6-5-2, 4-0-1 Patriot League) extend their unbeaten streak to seven-straight games and remain as the lone unbeaten team in League play.
With the two goals, Saramago moves into first place in the Patriot League in both goals (8) and points (18) this season.
Saramago, the reigning NCAA and Patriot League Player of the Week, scored his first goal in the 10th minute when he blasted a 26-yard shot from classmate Jonathan Sousa across the face of goal and into the left side netting.
Freshman Barry Sharifi then gained control of a ball in Loyola’s defensive end in the 16th minute. He passed ahead to Saramago, who ran the right sideline before firing a shot from just inside the box into the back of the net to give the Greyhounds a two-goal advantage.
The rookie from New Hyde Park, New York, nearly had a third goal in the 21st minute when he tried to bury a deflected shot of freshman Nico Brown’s, but Lehigh goalkeeper Jacob Gottwald was able to get enough of a hand on the attempt to push it off the crossbar.
Throughout the first half, the Greyhounds dominated the pace of play, holding a 9-3 shot advantage and a 4-0 lead in corner kicks.
Lehigh was able to break through in the second half though, scoring in the 71st minute off Mark Forrest’s header. The Greyhounds had cleared a corner kick, but Matt Morana sent the ball back into the small box, where Forrest headed it into the goal.
For the game, Loyola outshot Lehigh, 12-10, and had a 10-6 advantage in corner kicks.
In goal, senior Matt Sanchez finished with four saves.
The Greyhounds will have a week to prepare for their next game as they will travel to Army West Point for a 7 p.m. kickoff on Saturday.