BALTIMORE - An early goal from Phil Bannister (Wallsend, England/Monkseaton) put the Loyola University Maryland men's soccer team ahead in Tuesday evening's match against William & Mary, but one would not be enough as the Tribe scored two of its own to foil the Greyhounds' home opener, 3-1.
Loyola (0-1-1) put eight shots on goal to William & Mary's (1-0-0) five and outpaced the Tribe in total shots, 19 to 11. The game marked the first of the season for the Tribe, who went 13-5-1 last year and 8-2-1 in the Colonial Athletic Conference.
"From a positive perspective, we gave William & Mary a good match and they're a credible Division I program," said Head Coach Mark Mettrick. "It was a frustrating result, but we're early in the season and these are correctible mistakes. If we correct our mistakes and not concede goals like we did tonight, we'll be in a much better position against very good teams."
Jamie Libby (Romford, England/Havering College) led Loyola in shots on goal, with two. The team spread out the offensive chances, with six Greyhounds registering a shot on goal. Phil Bannister also recorded a game-high five shots.
The Greyhounds opened the match looking for an immediate lead and wasted little time striking first. Loyola received a penalty kick after William & Mary's Derek Buckley knocked down Stephen Dooley (Portstewart, Northern Ireland/Loreto College Coleraine) in the penalty box in the 13th minute. Phil Bannister, playing in his first game of the season, placed a sharply kicked ball in the lower left corner off of Andrew McAdams' outstretched hand for an early 1-0 Loyola lead.
The Tribe looked for an opportunity to tie the match and found it in the 36th minute. After advancing into the Loyola half, Roshan Patel corralled a ball on the left side and launched a high, floating shot from 25 yards away that curled over the head of Loyola goalkeeper Kyle Wittman (Baltimore, Md./Calvert Hall College) and into the right corner of the net. The game stood tied at 1-1.
Despite several chances from the Greyhounds, the game's next goal belonged to William & Mary. With three minutes remaining in the first half, Ben Anderson pushed the counterattack upfield and found Ryan Snyder at the top of the penalty area. Snyder turned to beat the Loyola back line and launched a high shot that found the middle of the net to give the Tribe the go-ahead goal at 2-1.
The second half saw Loyola find multiple chances to score but the home side could not convert.
The Greyhounds created a valuable opportunity two minutes into the second half and missed by inches. Eddie Dines (Newcastle Upon Tyne, England/Monkseaton) streaked into the William & Mary box only to have his breakaway chance foiled by goalkeeper Andrew McAdams. The rebound bounced to Danny Ankrah (Gaithersburg, Md./Watkins Mill), who took a shot that William & Mary defender Michael DiNuzzo threw his body in front of to block and keep the Tribe ahead, 2-1.
Loyola would find another chance in the 58th minute. Stephen Dooley brought a ball down the right side and sent a low cross into the box that found Bannister, whose powerful shot missed the right side of the goal by inches.
One more chance for the Greyhounds came with 12 minutes left in the match. Jamie Libby rose to meet a cross close to the goal, but Andrew McAdams punched the ball over the crossbar to force a corner kick and keep Loyola from tying the game.
Libby would have another opportunity. With four minutes remaining, a Wade McHugh (Baldwin, Md./The McDonogh School) cross bounced off of the hands of Andrew McAdams and onto the foot of Jamie Libby. Libby, inches from the net, tapped a ball that McAdams punched away.
Less than a minute later, William & Mary's Jimmy Carroll played a ball into the Loyola half and found Nicolas Abrigo on the run with a long through ball. Abrigo beat the last Greyhound defender and tucked a shot past Wittman to seal the result, a 3-1 William & Mary win.
Loyola stays at home for its next match, a Saturday evening tilt on September 11 against the Quinnipiac Bobcats. Kick-off is slated for 7 p.m.