Sept. 9, 2005
Baltimore, Md. - Andrew Loia broke a scoreless tie at the 87 minute mark to give visiting Bucknell a 1-0 victory over Loyola at Alumnae Field on Friday afternoon. The Greyhounds, who clearly had the better of it in the first half, could not capitalize on the scoreboard and despite winning the statistical battle, dropped their second match of the season.
"I thought we played well in the first half," says Loyola Coach Mark Mettrick. "Bucknell outplayed us in the second half."
Mettrick, who refused to make excuses, was without the services of several key players who were recouping injuries. Playing without captain Danny Wheelan or 2005 All-MAAC players Omar Alfonso, Gabriel Ortega and Ray Hassett, the Greyhounds posted seven first-half shots to three for Bucknell.
Sophomore Frank Spanos had the best look of the first half, striking the near post in the ninth minute while senior Brian O'Connor had back-to-back headers that Bison goalkeeper Adam Edwards handled in the 25th and 31st minutes. Still, the teams remained scoreless at the break.
The Greyhounds also threatened in the second half and nearly scored with Rade Kokovic's corner kick just missing the head of freshman Josh Taylor in the 73rd minute. The opportunities, however were limited for the `Hounds and Bucknell took advantage of its only corner kick with three minutes left in regulation.
Loyola responded with a furious attack of the cage but could not get the equalizer. Justin Chelland, who played all 90 minutes in goal, finished with one save while Edward had four for Bucknell.
The Greyhounds drop to 1-2 this season and conclude play at their own Soccer Classic this Sunday at 4 p.m. Loyola will host Towson, who won its opening game of the tournament, defeating Richmond 2-1.