Sept. 7, 2008
Towson, Md. - Sophomore forward Phil Bannister scored his first two goals of the season to lead the men's soccer team to a 2-1 victory at Towson before a largely Loyola crowd Sunday afternoon at Towson Center Field. The win keeps the Greyhounds perfect on the campaign with three straight victories.
"It was a very good game -- a closely-fought contest," Greyhounds ninth-year head coach Mark Mettrick commented following the win. "I was pleased to see a bunch of vocal Loyola supporters there."
Towson scored the first marker of the match -- and the first goal this season against the Greyhounds -- with 11:12 remaining in the first half when Liam Maloney came away from a scrum with the ball on his foot and was able to put the ball in the net for the score.
The Greyhounds would knot the score prior to the intermission on Bannister's first tally of the year with just 99 seconds remaining in the half. Junior forward Jamie Darvill accepted a long ball and carried it to Bannister at the top of the right box. The sophomore forward found himself one-on-one with the goalkeeper and following a move past the defender was able to nestle the ball in the left side of the goal for the score.
Loyola created several chances in the second half to grab the lead, including a pair of headers by Bannister that just went high of the net. On the other end of the field, junior goalkeeper Milos Kocic (two saves) and the Greyhounds defense kept the Tigers at bay, allowing just one Towson shot over the final 45 minutes.
As the regulation clock wound down under two minutes to play, Bannister struck with the game-winner. Sophomore midfield Charlie Hutton sent a long pass from the left side to classmate Eddie Dines who headed the ball to Bannister who in turn headed the ball past the Tigers goalkeeper for the tie-breaking score and the Loyola win.
The Greyhounds return to action on Wednesday afternoon when they host the Campbell Camels on Diane Geppi-Aikens Field at 5 o'clock.