Sept. 4, 2005
Syracuse, N.Y. - Brad Peetoom scored off a rebound in the 71st minute as Syracuse edged out Loyola, 1-0, on Sunday night at SU Soccer Stadium. The loss is Loyola's first of the season and drops the Greyhounds to 1-1 heading into their home opener next weekend.
The `Hounds once again had the upper hand in the first half, taking five shots and three corner kicks while allowing only three shots for the Orange. With goalie Justin Chelland making a pair of saves in the first half, the teams were knotted at 1-1 after 45 minutes of play.
Senior Vinnie Piscopo, who scored in Loyola's season-opening win at Princeton on Friday night, had two shots on the night, as did last season's leading scorer Rade Kokovic and last year's top freshman scorer Frank Spanos.
Still, the Greyhounds had trouble getting the ball past Syracuse keeper Robert Cavicchia and in the 71st minute, the Orange took advantage. After Isaac Collings fired a free kick that was saved by Chelland, Peetoom was there for the rebound and pushed home the game's only goal.
Syracuse, which improves to 2-0 on the year, has both of its wins against MAAC schools, defeating Marist in its season opener. The Greyhounds will play in the Loyola College Soccer Classic next Friday and Sunday, hosting Bucknell, Richmond and Towson and Alumnae Field.