Sept. 3, 2011
WILLIAMSBURG, VA - No. 8 William & Mary edged the Loyola University Maryland men's soccer team, 1-0, Saturday night at Albert-Daly Field. Nicolas Abrigo scored the game-winning goal for the Tribe in the eighth minute.
"We competed well tonight and gave a highly ranked William & Mary team some problems," head coach Mark Mettrick said. "We had some good pass combos and periods where we were pinning them back a bit, and we created some good chances; we're just unlucky that one didn't fall tonight. All-in-all, it was a spirited and competitive effort by Loyola."
Abrigo - last week's Soccer America National Player of the Week - scored the game's lone goal for W&M (2-1) by crossing in from the right and finishing a header to the left side from 10 yards out. John Ciampa and Joshua West assisted the play.
The Greyhounds (1-1) looked for an equalizer in the next minute, but a shot from sophomore Jamie Libby (Romford, England) went high. Sophomore transfer Geaton Caltabiano (Lothian, Md.) followed up the effort by putting a header from sophomore Stephen Dooley (Portstewart, Northern Ireland) just past the post.
Loyola also constructed scoring opportunities in the second half, including one late in the game. Dooley saw sophomore Vegard Vinje waiting at the back post, but Tribe goalie Colin Smolinsky stretched to break up the pass before the Greyhounds were able to convert the attempt, preserving the victory for the Tribe.
Caltabiano led the Greyhounds with four shots, while Libby took three. Junior Gary Weisbaum (Baltimore, Md.), sophomores Cameron Coppola (Louisville, Ky.) and Dooley, in addition to freshman Connor Thompson (Swindon, England), also recorded shots for Loyola.
In goal, fifth-year senior Kyle Wittman (Baltimore, Md.) stopped four Tribe shots, including three throughout the second half. Smolinsky earned the shutout for the Tribe.
For the game, the Tribe posted a 16-11 edge in shots and a 6-3 advantage in corner kicks.
Loyola will remain on the road for its third-straight away game, heading to Navy for a 7 p.m. contest on Wednesday. The Greyhounds will then host St. Francis (PA) on Saturday in their home opener. Game time is slated for 7 p.m. at Ridley Athletic Complex.