Aug. 27, 2006
Towson, Md. - Omar Alfonso scored a sensational bicycle kick goal in the 63rd minute of Sunday's match at Towson as the Greyhounds played the Tigers to a 1-1 overtime draw. The goal, Alfonso's first of the year, tied the game and helped Loyola earn its first point of the season.
"It felt great," says Alfonso in reference to his highlight goal. "But whether or not the goal looked nice is irrelevant. It was a meaningful goal and that's what's important."
The Greyhounds had a few early chances at Towson goalkeeper Billy Chiles. Seniors Gabriel Ortega and Buster Wiand each managed good looks, but both right at Chiles. Alfonso later hit the near post on a counterattack (47th minute), but it would be the Tigers who drew first blood with T.J. Thompson's one-timer from 15 yards out at 51:23.
Alfonso's game-tying goal was set up by senior Rade Kokovic and gave the Greyhounds a new energy for the remaining 27 minutes of regulation. Goalkeeper Justin Chelland held the lead and took the game into overtime with a diving save in the 75th minute and another brilliant save after a corner kick flurry in the 88th.
Each side had limited opportunities in overtime with Kokovic's rising line drive sailing just above the crossbar, while Chelland secured the tie with his ninth save of the game in the 108th minute.
"This was a good local match," says Loyola Head Coach Mark Mettrick. "It had all the elements of a great derby."
The Greyhounds are now 0-1-1 this season and host Syracuse and Princeton in their home opening weekend next Friday and Sunday.