Aug. 31, 2008
Baltimore, Md. - Loyola's junior Jamie Darvill scored his second and third goals of the season for the only Greyhounds tallies and the defense posted its second straight shutout to open the season as Loyola completed a sweep of its games in the second annual Black & Decker Soccer Classic with a 2-0 victory Sunday afternoon over Hartwick on Diane Geppi-Aikens Field.
Darvill was named the Classic's Most Valuable Player and was joined on the all-Classic team by senior defender Josh Taylor, junior defender Tennent McVea and junior goalkeeper Milos Kocic for the Greyhounds. Joining them were Drexel's Anthony Bafile, Fabio Assumpcao and Greg Ermold; Nick Roydhouse and Sam Wright from Hartwick; and Fordham's Tim Richardson and Aaron Markowitz.
"Today's game was very even," Greyhounds ninth-year Mark Mettrick said after the weekend sweep. "We defended well and finished our chances. We have great respect for Hartwick. I had a very rich student-athlete experience when I was there and I wish them all the best for the rest of the season."
For the second straight game, Loyola's opponent posted the best scoring opportunity first as Hartwick's Michael Cunningham took a quick shot with 21:45 remaining that Kocic dove to his right to knock it wide and keep the match scoreless.
Loyola broke the seal when sophomore midfielder Wade McHugh carried the ball up the right side and chipped it over the defense to a streaking Darvill who connected on a soft, quick shot into the lower left corner of the net for a 1-0 Loyola lead with just under five minutes remaining in the first half.
The final Greyhounds tally came off a set play as sophomore midfielder Charlie Hutton executed a free kick to sophomore forward Phil Bannister who found Darvill in the middle of the field at the top of the box from 15 yards out for the score to make the match 2-0 just over 20 minutes left.
The shutout was the 16th in Loyola's last 17 contests and keeps the Greyhounds undefeated in the four games played in two Black & Decker Soccer Classics. Loyola has also won 12 straight home contests and 15 of its last 16 at Diane Geppi-Aikens Field.
The Greyhounds take to the road for the first time this season when it visits cross-town rival Towson next Sunday for a 2:30 p.m. start. Loyola is back in action at home on September 10 when it hosts Campbell at 5:00 p.m.