BALTIMORE – Brian Saramago recorded his first collegiate hattrick Saturday afternoon, scoring all three Loyola University Maryland goals ata rainy Ridley Athletic Complex. Felix De Bona, however, tallied two for BostonUniversity, and the teams played to a 3-3 draw in Patriot League play.
Saramago’s first goal came in the 30th minute, and hissecond six minutes into the second half made it 2-0 Loyola (5-5-1 overall,3-0-1 Patriot League). The Terriers (3-5-2, 0-2-2) scored two unanswered toknot the game in the 69th minute, but Saramago put Loyola back in front in the72nd minute.
De Bona’s headed in an equalizer for the Terriers just overseven minutes later, providing the final score in the game.
Saramago’s hat trick was the first by a Loyola player sinceXander Saling recorded one in a 3-2 win on Oct. 20, 2015, over DrexelUniversity. It was also the first by a Greyhounds’ player in Patriot League competitionsince Loyola joined the conference in 2013.
The Terriers had the first quality scoring chance in thematch, but Ben Valek’s header went just over the crossbar off a corner kick.Saramago nearly had his first of the game minutes later. Brennan Goldsmith wona ball in the midfield and slipped it to Saramago on the left side. BostonUniversity goalkeeper Matt Gilbert slid as Saramago shot, deflecting the balljust enough that it went off the crossbar.
Another chance for the Loyola freshman came two minuteslater when Jonathan Sousa swung a cross from left-to-right onto the head ofSaramago, but the attempt went left of the frame.
Loyola responded in the 19th minute when Goldsmith took aRyan Tuck pass and sent a long service to Saramao at the top right corner of thebox. Gilbert came out to try to punch the ball away, but Saramago beat him tothe spot and nodded a shot past Gilbert for his first goal of the afternoon.
The Terriers looked to equalize in the 38th minute with across from the left side, to Jerry Ozor, but Jake Campbell was theredefensively for Loyola to deflect the ball away from Ozor and carry it out ofthe box. The Greyhounds later carried the 1-0 advantage into halftime.
Saramago then put Loyola in front 2-0 early in the secondhalf. Barry Sharifi intercepted a clearing attempt by the Terriers 10 yardsfrom the top of the box and redirected it to Saramago who was crashing from theleft in the 51st minute. Saramago took a right-footed shot from 20 yards outpast Gilbert for his second of the day.
Boston University, however, scored its first goal of thegame eight mintues later in the 59th minute. Joseph Nichols, who was making hisfirst collegiate start in goal for Loyola, saved a De Bona shot, and theGreyhounds attempted to clear away the deflection. The ball went out wide leftwhere Mark Wadid was playing, and he struck a solid shot from 15 yards thatfound the net.
The Terriers scored their first equalizer of the game in the69th minute after a Loyola foul at the top of the box resulted in a free kick.De Bona hit the free kick over the Greyhounds’ wall and bent it inside the topleft corner to knot the score at 2-2.
It would take less than three minutes, however, for Saramagoto put Loyola back in front. Campbell held in a ball on the left side nearmidfield, and he hit Sharifi with a pass toward the middle of the field.Sharifi then flicked the ball to Saramago on the right side, and he took twotouches before driving a low shot past Gilbert into the center of the net forhis third goal of the game and sixth of the season.
De Bona answered for Boston University just over sevenminutes later after another Loyola infraction set up a Terriers free kick. AdamSheikali took the kick from 40 yards out on the left, bending it far inside thebox. De Bona was there to redirect with a header inside the left post for hissecond equalizer of the game.
The teams went to extra time where they combined for sevenshots in the first overtime, but none were on goal.
Loyola appeared to score what would have been thegame-winner in the 108th minute only to see it ruled offsides. Gabriel Carlssonsent in a corner kick that A. Mickey Watson headed to Ryan Tuck. Tuck chippedthe ball toward the goal where Saramago finished it into the net, but thelinesman called him for offsides before Tuck played the ball to him.
The Greyhounds had a 19-17 advantage in shots, and bothteams took nine corner kicks.
Loyola will step out of Patriot League play on Tuesday, Oct.11, for its next game. The Greyhounds will travel to Jamaica, New York, to faceSt. John’s University in a 7 p.m. game.