Men's Soccer, Saint Francis (Pa.) Play To Scoreless Draw In Season Opener

Aug. 28, 2015

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BALTIMORE - In front of 1,107 enthusiastic fans, the Loyola University Maryland men's soccer team opened the 2015 season with a double-overtime scoreless draw with Saint Francis (Pa.) at Ridley Athletic Complex.

"The crowd helped us out tremendously tonight," head coach Steve Nichols said. "Whenever we started to lose our legs, especially late in the game, we were able to find our counter attack because the crowd really energized us."

Throughout the two overtime periods, the Greyhounds held a 3-1 advantage in shots and a 2-1 advantage in corner kicks.

In the 95th minute, junior Brennan Goldsmith beat his defender, but his header on freshman Jake Campbell's cross sailed just over the cross bar.

Junior John Toher then played a throughball to classmate Laurin Vogel in the 107th minute, but Vogel's left-footed boot from about 20 yards out went wide left of the goal.

To open the game, the Greyhounds had a pair of scoring chances before Vogel posed the first real scoring threat in the 27th minute, sending a free kick from about 35 yards out just over the crossbar.

Later in the minute, the Greyhounds looked to have found the back of the net when freshman Xander Saling played a ball off the back line and back into the middle of the field. Sophomore Brad Warenicz was there, alone in front of the goal, to send a shot into the back of the net, but the ball was deemed out of bounds before the shot and the goal was called off.

Loyola continued to pressure with Goldsmith heading a cross from sophomore Brad Warenicz at the goal in the 40th minute, but Red Flash goalkeeper Andrew Garcia was there for the stop, picking up one of his three saves for the game.

For the game, the Red Flash outshot the Greyhounds, 14-9, while Loyola held the advantage in corner kicks, 6-4.

In goal for the Greyhounds, sophomore Matt Sanchez turned back six shots to pick up his first clean sheet of the season.

Loyola will return to action on Monday when it travels to La Salle for a 7 p.m., contest.