Sep 4, 2013
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - The Loyola University Maryland men’s soccer team earned its first win of the season Wednesday night, handing La Salle its first loss, 5-3, at McCarthy Stadium.
"I am pleased that with how many new players we have, that we have been able to come away from these two road games unbeaten," head coach Mark Mettrick said. "They were both very difficult places to play and when you consider the emotion that both Saint Joseph’s and La Salle were playing with, with it being their home openers, I am very pleased with our results."
Sophomore Larry Ndjock, the Patriot League’s Preseason Offensive Player of the Year, tallied his first career hat trick with three goals, while junior Connor Thompson scored twice. Ndjock’s three goals made him the first Greyhound to notch a hat trick since Glenn Leitch had three in a 4-3 overtime win against Marist.
In addition, the Greyhounds’ five goals were the most since a 5-0 win over Rider in 2008.
Ndjock started the scoring in the fifth minute when Thompson beat his man to the end line and crossed the ball to the near post, where Ndjock redirected a low shot into the net.
Thompson then scored his own goal in the 12th minute when sophomore Dominic Marshall found Thompson driving down the left side of the goal. Marshall’s pass set up a powerful shot for Thompson 25 yards out.
Senior Stephen Dooley created Loyola’s third goal, sending a pass to Ndjock, which he finished low and hard to the far post, giving the Greyhounds a 3-0 halftime advantage.
The Explorers opened the scoring in the second half with a goal in the 49th minute, but Ndjock completed his hat trick in the 52nd minute when he pressured goalkeeper Mike Kirk on the pass back. Ndjock was able to strip Kirk of the ball and send a tight angled shot into the net.
La Salle responded with back-to-back goals in the 58th and the 72nd minutes, before Thompson rounded out the scoring with a goal in the 80th minute. Sophomore Dominic Marshall sent a cross to Andrew Waddington, who headed it to Thompson. From there, Thompson half volleyed the ball before sending it past the keeper and into the far side of the goal.
In goal, senior Thurman Van Riper played 78 minutes and stopped one shot. Freshman Jordan Watson played the other 12 minutes and earned his first career save by stopping the only shot he faced.
Loyola will be back in action on Saturday when it hosts Saint Francis (Pa.) in its home opener at Ridley Athletic Complex. Game time is slated for 7 p.m.