Aug. 25, 2012
LORETTO, Pa. - The Loyola University Maryland men's soccer team got its season started on Saturday with a 0-0 double-overtime tie against Saint Francis (Pa.) at the Stokes Soccerplex.
"Saint Francis is a very dangerous place to play," head coach Mark Mettrick said. "In their last 16 games at home, they are 13-1-2. I thought that we created a number of good scoring chances against a good team, we were just a bit unlucky to not finish some of the chances we created. I also thought that we defended very well, so I'm pleased about that."
The Greyhounds had an opportunity to secure the victory in the final minute of play when junior Diego McQuestion drew a foul just outside of the box. Sophomore Connor Thompson'sfree kick bounced off the cross bar though and the Red Flash were able to clear the ball to the other end of the field to preserve the scoreless draw.
Loyola also had the misfortune of seeing senior Gerwyn Jones' shot hit the post in the 74th minute and senior Gary Weisbaum's header on a cross from freshman Dominic Marshall go just over the cross bar in the first overtime period.
Marshall and classmate Larry Ndjock both had quality scoring opportunities for the Greyhounds in their collegiate debut though. In the 36th minute, Marshall had a strike from about 10 yards out, but Saint Francis goalkeeper Daniel Valcicak pushed it wide. Ndjock then saw his header go wide in the 44th minute.
In the second half, McQuestion worked through the defense and went one-on-one with the keeper, but Valcicak came up with one of his game-high five saves on the shot attempt.
In goal for Loyola, junior Thurman Van Riper played all 110 minutes and earned his first career shutout with three saves.
As a team, the Greyhounds outshot the Red Flash, 15-10, and held a 9-5 advantage in corner kicks.
The Greyhounds will be back in action next weekend when they return home to host La Salle and Cal State Northridge as a part of Kickoff Weekend. Loyola will face the Explorers in the first game of a doubleheader with the Greyhounds' women's soccer team on Friday at 6 p.m. Cal State Northridge will then visit Ridley Athletic Complex on Sunday at 1 p.m.