Sept. 10, 2003
COLLEGE PARK, MD - Junior goalkeeper Greg Peters made five saves in goal, but it was an opportunistic Maryland squad that struck four times to defeat Loyola 4-0 on Wednesday night at College Park. The Terrapins, ranked No. 1 in the nation, hand Loyola only its second loss this season in front of 1,397 fans at Ludwig Field.
A tight first half saw some excellent defense from Loyola's backfield. Maryland earned the first corner kick of the game at the 17-minute mark. Junior Clarence Goodson took A.J. Herrera's corner and headed it in for a 1-0 Terrapin lead.
The Greyhounds registered one shot on the night and it came from freshman Omar Alfonso in the first half. Loyola could not capitalize on its corner kick opportunity and trailed 1-0 at halftime.
"We were well connected defensively," says Maryland Head Coach Sasho Cirovski. "That was the most complete performance we've had all year."
The Terrapins came out in the second half and quickly increased their lead when Abe Thompson scored on a breakaway from the left side only 1:03 into the period. Maryland went up 3-0 when a miscommunication between goalkeeper and defender left an open net and the final goal of the night came at 79:00 when a failed clear gave Nino Marcantonio an unassisted goal, his second of the season.
"That was a very, very good Maryland team," says Loyola Head Coach Mark Mettrick. "They make you pay for your mistakes. They're like predators on defense with great pressure. They have a great killer instinct and a lot of weapons to choose from."
While Peters had five saves in goal, Loyola had two team saves to its credit. The Greyhounds drop to 2-2 overall while Maryland remains No. 1 and unbeaten with a 5-0 mark on the season. Loyola will now face Cornell on Sunday at Germantown.
"This is part of the process of becoming a good team," says Mettrick. "We'll learn from this game - it will only make us better."