BALTIMORE - LaSalle's Matt Robinson converted a penalty kick in the 63rd minute to help the Explorers hand the Loyola University Maryland men's soccer team a 1-0 loss in its season opener Friday night at Ridley Athletic Complex.
The Greyhounds had their own opportunity to take the first lead of the game on a penalty kick in the sixth minute, but LaSalle goalkeeper Mike Kirk saved the attempt.
From then on, Loyola had a series of near misses, as the Greyhounds held a 19-8 advantage in shots and a 7-4 edge in corner kicks throughout the game.
In the 26th minute, freshman Brian Saramago dribbled through defenders and into the center of the box before missing just right. Sophomore Mickey Watson then headed a corner kick into Kirk's hands in the 29th minute.
Saramago had a shot blocked in the 32nd minute. Sophomore transfer Gabriel Carlsson tried to volley the rebound, but his shot barely missed hitting the top of the crossbar.
In the 34th minute, Saramago's header off senior Brennan Goldsmith's cross missed just high, followed by Watson heading another corner just left of the post in the 38th minute.
Neither team was able to control the match early on in the second half before LaSalle capitalized on its own penalty kick opportunity in the 63rd minute.
The Greyhounds had a number of chances to find their equalizer after that, including a shot from Saramago in the 66th minute and Kastl in the 68th minute, but both chances went wide.
In the 75th minute, Brown dribbled up the left wing and crossed to Saramago, but Kirk made a diving save on the attempt to preserve the shutout.
In goal for Loyola, senior Matt Sanchez stopped three shots.
The Greyhounds will return to action on Monday when they play a day game at St. Francis (Pa.). Kickoff is slated for 1 p.m.