Libby's Overtime Goal Lifts Loyola Over Quinnipiac, 2-1

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BALTIMORE - Junior Jamie Libby headed in a free kick from sophomore Connor Thompson in the 94th minute to lead Loyola to a 2-1 come-from-behind overtime victory against Quinnipiac on a rainy Saturday night at Ridley Athletic Complex.

"It was a good match tonight," head coach Mark Mettrick said. "Quinnipiac is a very good side and they like to play. I thought we did well in the first half in pressuring them. We had some chances during that period, but it seemed like Quinnipiac weathered that storm. Then in the second half, they played well and we struggled to get any offense going.

"I'm just very pleased that our players and our team found a way back into the game late and then found a way to win it in overtime."

Quinnipiac (2-2 overall) took an early 1-0 lead in the opening minutes of the second half when the Bobcats' Robbie McLarney played a ball ahead to Tim Quigley. Quigley then chested the ball to Philip Surpise, who fired a shot from about 25 yards out into the top right of the net for the game's first goal.

The Bobcats maintained their advantage through the majority of the half, but the Greyhounds (2-1-1) were finally able to break through in the 84th minute when freshman Dominic Marshall served a ball intended for senior Kevin Curran into the box. Quinnipiac broke the play, but freshman Larry Ndjock chested the Bobcats' clear attempt before sticking a left-footed low shot into the bottom right corner of the goal for his team-leading third score of the season.

In overtime, Thompson was taken down on a break away setting him up for a free kick about 35 yards from the goal. Thompson sailed a ball towards the goal where Libby beat Quinnipiac's Borja Angoitia to the ball for the game-winning goal.

The extra time marked the third overtime game in four contests for the Greyhounds this season, as they improved their record to 1-1-1 in those matches.

Loyola out-shot Quinnipiac 9-2 in the opening half, but the Bobcats held the 6-4 edge in the second half. The Greyhounds then capitalized on one of two scoring opportunities in the overtime period, finishing the game with a 17-6 shot advantage.

The Greyhounds also led in corner kicks, 8-4.

Angoitia made six saves for the Bobcats, while junior Thurman Van Riper played all 93 minutes and 27 seconds for the Greyhounds in earning his second win of the season.

Loyola will head to Towson on Tuesday to begin a three-game road swing. The Greyhounds will take on the Tigers at the Tiger Soccer Complex beginning at 4 p.m.