By Torie Smith-Israel
BALTIMORE - Freshman Nico Brown drew a foul in the box in the 93rd minute and freshman Brian Saramago converted the penalty kick to get the Loyola University Maryland men’s soccer team a 2-1 win over Navy in overtime Saturday afternoon at Ridley Athletic Complex.
The win marks Loyola’s first over Navy since 2003 and is the Greyhounds’ first 2-0-0 start to conference play since 2009.
Loyola (4-5-0, 2-0-0 Patriot League) had the first real scoring chance of the match in the 14th minute, as freshmen Barry Sharifi and Saramago had a series of shots blocked. It was Navy (2-5-2, 0-2-0) that was the first to capitalize though, as Sam Bascom converted a penalty kick in the 26th minute.
Loyola had multiple opportunities to find an equalizer throughout the remainder of the half, but was ultimately left unrewarded, as it entered halftime with a 1-0 deficit.
The Greyhounds used the half to regroup and took just 50 seconds before evening the score. In the 46th minute, Sharifi stripped the ball from Navy’s defender and played a throughball to sophomore Gabriel Carlsson at the top of the box. Carlsson was able to one touch a shot into the top left corner of the net for his first goal as a Greyhound.
From there, Loyola continued to pressure, with Saramago peppering the goalkeeper with shots, including one in the 52nd minute that was blocked, one in the 53rd minute that was saved and a third in the 67th minute that hit off the left post.
Saramago finally broke through with the game winner in the 93rd minute.
For the game, the Greyhounds outshot the Midshipmen, 15-7, including holding a 10-2 advantage in the second half. Loyola also held a 5-2 lead in corner kicks.
In goal, senior Matt Sanchez turned back four shots for the Greyhounds.
Loyola will travel to American University for its next match on Wednesday. Kickoff is scheduled at 3 p.m.