Sept. 4, 2009
Baltimore, Md. - Loyola's men's soccer team scored three goals in the match's first 36 minutes and withstood a late Mount St. Mary's rally to finish with a 3-2 non-conference victory on Friday afternoon in front of 648 fans.
Jamie Darvill put Loyola on the board at the 8:12 mark, converting on a penalty kick after a Greyhounds' player was fouled in the box.
The Greyhounds extended their lead to 2-0 in the 22nd minute. Goalkeeper Kyle Witmann drove a long punt over The Mount defense. Darvill played the ball from left-to-right to Glenn Leitch who struck a low, hard shot into the left side of the goal.
Leitch struck again just over 14 minutes later to give Loyola a 3-0 advantage.
Charlie Hutton played a through ball up the right side that Darvill flicked on to Leitch The junior finished with another hard shot, this time into the right side.
"We had a good first half, and it was good to get our first win of the season today," Loyola Head Coach Mark Mettrick said. "I give a lot of credit to Mount St. Mary's for coming back as strong as they did in the second half."
Leitch's goal tally was a career-high after scoring eight goals total in his first two seasons as a Greyhound.
The Mount had strong chances on consecutive shots 14 minutes into the second half, but Wittman knocked the shots away both times. Wittman was lifted in favor of Zach Kane 69:41 into the match, finishing with six saves.
Kane was tested a minute later off a short-corner, as Ian Hendrie ripped a shot from 15 yards out, but Kane made a sprawling save.
Hendrie cut Loyola's advantage to two in the 75th minute, scoring from the top of the box off an assist by Alex Kem.
Loyola had a flurry of attempts in the last five minutes, triggered by a corner kick. Darvill took two shots, one saved by Chris Davis and the other off the post, and Joey Dussault and Eddie Dines also had chances that did not materialize into goals.
Following that series, The Mount scored to pull within a goal. Scott Pinith played a ball high into the top of the box that Will Thomas finished for a goal with less than a minute to play.
The Greyhounds return to action on Monday, September 7, when they travel to Hamden, Conn., to take on Quinnipiac at 1 p.m.