Sept. 10, 2006
Washington, D.C. - The Loyola men's soccer team played an even match with American University in Washington, D.C. on Sunday afternoon. An unlucky goal to start the second half, however, put the Greyhounds in a two-goal hole they could not overcome, falling 2-1 to the Eagles in non-conference competition.
"We were very much in this game," says Loyola Head Coach Mark Mettrick. "But we conceded a critical goal at a very bad time."
The Greyhounds played a statistically even first half with the Eagles, who scored in the 25th minute when Garth Juckem converted Sal Caccavale's cross off goalkeeper Justin Chelland's hands.
Loyola came back with freshman Jamie Darvill, who created two tremendous scoring opportunities in the first half. Darvill's first shot sailed over American keeper Chris Sedlak's head and looked to cross the line. Sedlak, however, made a nice recovery and was able to clear in the final second.
Sedlak was also able to clear a low-liner from Darvill inside the box to keep the Greyhounds off the scoreboard in the first half.
American's 1-0 halftime lead was doubled less than 10 seconds into the second half when a corner kick from Caccavale resulted in a Cooper Bryant goal. The Greyhounds, who had played an even match with AU, now trailed by two goals with almost a full half to play.
Darvill finally broke through in the 77th, stealing the ball from an American defender and slipping it past Sedlak for his second tally of the season.
The Greyhounds, who pressed over the last 10 minutes, could not earn the equalizer. Darvill, who took four shots, had three shots on goal while Omar Alfonso, Julian Cantillo and Mike McTigue all put shots on Sedlak, who finished with five saves. Chelland registered three saves in the loss.
"I though the effort of the team was good," added Mettrick. "We responded well, but dug ourselves too big of a deficit."
Loyola drops to 0-4-1 while American improves to 3-3-0 this season. The Greyhounds are back in action next weekend at the Old Dominion Classic. The face host Old Dominion on Friday at 7 p.m. and play William & Mary in a 3 p.m. match on Sunday.