Sep 7, 2013
BALTIMORE - Sophomore Larry Ndjock scored right out of halftime to give the Loyola University Maryland men's soccer team a 1-0 win over Saint Francis University in the Greyhounds' home opener at Ridley Athletic Complex Friday night.
The Greyhounds drew 1,403 fans to their home facility tonight, marking the third-largest crowd to watch the men's soccer team play at Ridley. It was also the largest since 1,468 fans came to watch the Greyhounds beat Adelphi, 3-0, on October 2, 2010.
"I think having the fans here at Ridley tonight made for a great atmosphere," head coach Mark Mettrick said. "The crowd was very encouraging. They were into it and it was noisy, and that really helps our players. We want that home field advantage, and our fans were a big help in creating that tonight."
The Greyhounds controlled the tempo through the first half and capitalized on their constant pressure in the 46th minute, just 41 seconds into the second half. Sophomore Dominic Marshall carried the ball in the box and fired off a shot, which was blocked and redirected to Ndjock. The Patriot League Preseason Offensive Player of the Year collected the ball and fired a right-footed shot from about five yards out across the face of the goal and into the bottom left corner of the net for his league-leading fourth goal of the season.
Saint Francis quickly countered with an opportunity, when Nick Kolarac sent a shot at freshman goalkeeper Jordan Watson in the 52nd minute. Watson made the diving save to his right and then recovered to block David Trunzo's point-blank shot off the rebound.
The Red Flash had another chance in the 60th minute when Kolarac fired a shot from the left side, but freshman Ryan Tuck was there to head the ball out of danger.
Marshall also had a chance for the Greyhounds in the 17th minute, when the Middlesbrough, England native split defenders in the middle of the field and fired a left-footed shot towards a diving Daniel Valcicak, Saint Francis' goalkeeper. The shot went just wide left of the left goal post though.
The Greyhounds also had a pair of near misses in the first half when Ndjock just missed connecting on a cross from senior Stephen Dooley in the 22nd minute. Marshall and Dooley also just missed connecting on a give-and-go opportunity in front of the goal in the 24th minute.
In goal, Watson made his first collegiate start and earned his first career win by stopping one shot. He also notched the Greyhounds' first shutout win of the season.
Loyola will head back on the road next week, traveling to Quinnipiac on Wednesday, Sept. 11 for a 7 p.m., contest.