Sept. 2, 2007
Bronx, N.Y. - A pair of first-half headers from sophomore standouts Jamie Darvill and Tennant McVea led Loyola to its second straight 2-1 victory to open the 2007 season. The Greyhounds, who opened the year with a road win at Princeton on Friday night, mimicked that feat with Sunday's win over Fordham at Coffey Field.
The Greyhounds got off to a fast start and struck in the 10th minute when senior Julian Cantillo sent a cross from the corner that Jamie Darvill converted into a score. Darvill was able to head the ball inside the far post to register his first goal of the season and put Loyola on top early.
Cantillo, who picked up the assist on the play, would get another opportunity to set the Greyhounds up with a corner kick in the 19th minute of action. This time is was Tennant McVea who used his head from about five yards out, and Loyola took a commanding 2-nil lead on two shot attempts.
Loyola's two-goal cushion looked to be strengthened in the second half with a Fordham red card in the 51st minute. The Rams, however, were able to take advantage of a Loyola foul and a penalty kick in the 72nd minute that cut the deficit in half.
The `Hounds, however, held on with solid play from the defensive unit - whose only goal allowed this season came on Sunday's the penalty kick. Goalkeeper Milos Kocic picked up his second win of the year.
Loyola, 2-0 for the first time since the start of the 2003 season, returns to Baltimore to host the "Black and Decker" Soccer Classic on Friday-Sunday with a home against Adelphi on Friday and a Sunday match with Towson.