Heroux's First Career Goal Gives Men's Soccer Win At Drexel

Sept. 10, 2014

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PHILADELPHIA - Sophomore Jake Heroux headed in his first career goal in the 88th minute to lift the Loyola University Maryland men’s soccer team to a 1-0 win over Drexel at Vidas Field Wednesday night.

Sophomore Laurin Vogel took the Greyhounds’ corner from the left side of the field and sailed a ball over the pack and to the far right side of the box, where Heroux was able to get above the defenders and head the ball into the back of the net from about four yards out. 

The goal is the first for Heroux on just the second shot of his career.

Defensively, transfer sophomore Matt Sanchez stopped four shots in goal for Loyola (2-2), including making back-to-back saves within seven seconds of each other to record his second clean sheet of the season. The Dragons blasted a shot from the top of the box at Sanchez in the 66th minute, but he was there to block the attempt, which rebounded back out to the top of the box. Drexel (2-2) was able to work the ball back down to Erik Alexandersson on the lower left side of the box, who sent a follow up shot at Sanchez, but Sanchez was able to make the diving save and preserve the shutout.

Loyola created some chances early on in the game, but the Greyhounds were unable to get a ball past Drexel’s goalkeeper, Tyler Afflerbach, in the first half.

In the fourth minute, Vogel sent a cross into the box, which was headed out to the feet of sophomore John Toher. After gathering the ball, Toher sent a hard shot from the top of the box toward the center of the goal, but Afflerbach was there to make the save.

Afflerbach was again tested in the sixth minute when sophomore David Warburton won a header in the midfield and got it ahead to senior Connor Thompson. The forward dribbled up the field before sending a right-footed shot toward the goal, but Afflerbach was again able to make the save.

Drexel finished the game with an 8-6 advantage in shots, while both squads took three corners.

Loyola will conclude its three-game road swing on Saturday when it heads to Deland, Fla., for a noon game against Stetson.