Sept. 10, 2011
BALTIMORE - Sophomore Vegard Vinje's goal in the 85th minute lifted the Loyola University Maryland men's soccer team to a 1-0 victory over St. Francis (Pa.) Saturday evening in the squad's home opener at Ridley Athletic Complex.
Freshman Connor Thompson touched the ball out to sophomore transfer Geaton Caltabiano, who served it over St. Francis' defense. Vinje then headed the ball into the corner of the net for his first collegiate goal.
"It's great to be home in front of a good crowd with a lot of enthusiasm," head coach Mark Mettrick said. "St. Francis played very well tonight; they're a good team that will have a very good season. I give credit to our team for finding a way to win."
Loyola's (2-1-1) best first half chance came in the 27th minute when Thompson fired a crossed shot just wide of the goal. The rookie from Swindon, England played a ball around his defender, but saw his shot from the bottom left corner cross the face of the goal.
St. Francis' (2-2-1) then nearly scored in the 80th minute when David Butler's shot hit the crossbar.
At game's end, the Red Flash held a 13-11 advantage in shots, while Loyola led the way in corners, 7-5.
In goal, graduate senior Kyle Wittman earned three saves, while posting his second shutout of the season - 17th of his career. For St. Francis, Darius Motazed stopped two shots.
Loyola will return to action on Wednesday when it hosts area-rival Towson at the Ridley Athletic Complex. Game time is slated for 7 p.m.