PHILADELPHIA - La Salle's Joe Farrell scored the match's lone goal, connecting with a Tony Danielle corner kick in the 54th minute, lifting the Explorers to a 1-0 non-conference victory over visiting Loyola University Maryland on Monday night.
The Greyhounds (0-1-1 overall) came out of the halftime break and controlled much of the tempo, putting pressure on the Explorers (1-1-0).
La Salle, however, used a quick counterattack to earn a corner kick. Danielle sent a low corner across the face of the goal and it connected with Farrell's head in front of the far post. Farrell's redirection put the ball into the middle third of the net, posting the first goal of the season against the Greyhounds' defense in more than 164 minutes of action.
The next several minutes were played mainly in the midfield with La Salle recording the only shot until the 75th minute. In that frame, Danielle took a shot that was saved by Matt Sanchez, and two minutes later, Brennan Goldsmith took a shot for the Greyhounds that was blocked.
Loyola pushed its attack in the final five minutes of regulation, and Laurin Vogel made two nice plays on the near sideline that led to crosses into the box. The Greyhounds, however, could not connect to them, as La Salle goalkeeper Mike Kirk recorded a clean sheet for the Explorers.
Goldsmith took two of the Greyhounds' five shots, tops on the team in that category.
The Greyhounds return to Ridley Athletic Complex on Saturday, Sept. 5, to host 24th-ranked Old Dominion University in a 7 p.m., match.