Sept. 9, 2007
Baltimore, Md. - Freshman Phil Bannister scored his third goal of the season and co-captains Tennant McVea and Josh Taylor led a stellar defensive effort to lift Loyola to a 3-0 victory over No. 23 Towson at the Black & Decker Soccer Classic on Sunday afternoon at Diane Geppi-Aikens Field. With the win, the `Hounds improve to 4-0 and had Towson its first defeat of the season.
Loyola's three-goal effort is not only its largest of the season, its shutout is also its second straight to give the Greyhounds their largest margin of victory in four games. The Tigers, who entered the weekend ranked 23rd in the country, had scored in 25 straight matches prior to Sunday's shutout.
"We worked very hard in preseason," says Bannister. "This game is important to us and winning it is very rewarding."
The Greyhounds scored two of their goals in the first half to take early control of the match. Sophomore Jamie Darvill nearly scored in the 10th minute, but a diving save by Towson keeper Billy Chiles kept the `Hounds off the board.
It was in the 14th minute that Loyola would finally strike with senior Julian Cantillo setting up the play with his corner kick. Senior Janson Blake, who posted two assists on the day, sent a nice cross to the head of McVea, who converted on the score.
Blake would set up Loyola's second goal of the match with a beautiful serve into the box. This time, freshman Eddie Dines would score and the Greyhounds took a commanding 2-nil lead into the halftime lockeroom.
Towson pressed in the second half, but an excellent defensive effort kept sophomore goalie Milos Kocic guarded. Kocic made three saves on the day - all three in the second half of action.
"The defense played great today," says Kocic. "They've played great all season and worked hard for this shutout."
Loyola's third and final goal came in the 57th minute when a Bannister controlled a failed Towson clear and 1-on-3 send a bullet into the upper left-hand corner of the goal.
The Greyhounds outscored opponents 4-0 in two games at the Black & Decker Soccer Classic and have outscored opponents 8-2 this season. Loyola will host George Washington at Diane Geppi-Aikens Field this Friday at 5 p.m.
Black & Decker Soccer Classic All-Tournament Team
Phil Bannister - Loyola (Forward)
Angus Burke - Towson (Forward)
Davorin Husadzinovic - Radford (Forward)
Oliver Skelding - Adelphi (Midfield)
Patrick Figueiredo - Adelphi (Midfield)
Xavier Otero - Towson (Midfield)
Franklin Elimbi - Radford (Midfield)
Paul Caruso - Radford (Defense)
Josh Taylor - Loyola (Defense)
T.J. Jager - Towson (Defense)
Milos Kocic - Loyola (Goalkeeper
Tennant McVea - Loyola (Defense)