Sept. 7, 2007
Baltimore, Md. - Freshman Phil Bannister scored in the 20th minute of play and the Greyhounds held on to defeat Adelphi by a 1-0 score at the Loyola College Black & Decker Soccer Classic on Friday afternoon at Diane Geppi-Aikens Field. With the win, the `Hounds improve to 3-0 on the year and ready for Sunday's match-up with No. 23 Towson.
Loyola began the game with aggressive play and had an excellent scoring opportunity in the 11th minute when it appeared that Bannister was dragged down in the box. The freshman scoring leader got a shot off, but it wasn't until the 20th minute that he would strike.
Sophomore Jamie Darvill, who has two assist on the year, got his head on the ball, and Bannister drove it into the top of the goal for his third score of the season. Loyola, which took seven shots on the day, got three shots from Darvill and two from Bannister in the win.
The win, however, was not without challenge as Loyola found itself a man down after a red card in the 75th minute. The Greyhounds responded by eliminating any Adelphi opportunity with solid ball control and pace of play.
Loyola, with three one-goal wins this season, will play Towson in the Black & Decker Soccer Classic finale on Sunday. The Tigers, who enter the tournament as the 23rd ranked team in the nation, defeated Radford by a 7-2 score in game one of the Classic.
Sunday's game begins at 2:30 p.m. from Diane Geppi-Aikens Field.