Sept. 11, 2005
Baltimore, Md. - Towson junior Sebastian Haensel scored a first-half goal, and despite several good looks many near misses, the Greyhounds were unable to answer and fell 1-0 in Sunday's tournament finale and Alumni Homecoming at Notre Dame's Alumnae Field.
"Typical of many local rival games, this match was very scrappy," says Loyola Head Coach Mark Mettrick. "We had opportunities, but lacked a quality play at critical moments. I think Towson defended well and the difference was their counterattack and the quality of their two forwards."
The match's physical tone was set from the outset with each team fighting for scoring chances. The Greyhounds threatened first and almost scored when Ray Hassett's header in the 15th minute nearly slipped though the hands of Tiger keeper Zak Thompson.
Towson's counterattack was stymied by solid defensive play from junior Gabriel Ortega and freshman Phil Brierley, who turned away Haensel in the 21st minute. At 27:19, however, Loyola keeper Justin Chelland came out of the cage to challenge a shot from Angus Burke. Chelland's save squirted free and the ensuing scramble resulted in Haensel's header into the empty part of the net.
The Greyhounds would fight back with a pair of shots-on-goal from senior Vinnie Piscopo and a few good looks that sailed wide. Loyola finished with one more shot than Towson (9-8) and six corners to the Tigers' three. The hard-fought match produced six yellow cards and several game stoppages.
Loyola, now 1-3 on the year, has lost its last three games by the same 1-0 score. Towson improves to 3-1 this season and is the 2005 Loyola College Soccer Classic team champion.
2005 Loyola College Soccer Classic All Tournament Team
Angus Burke (Towson)F
Corey Curmutte (Bucknell)F
Colin Vint (Richmond)F
Mike Dougherty (Towson)M
Pat Healey (Towson)M
Phil Brierley (Loyola)D
Tim Faneck (Bucknell)D
Andrew Loia (Bucknell)D
Justin Chelland (Loyola)GK
Eric Sciocchetti (Richmond)GK
MVP: Sebastian Haensel (Towson)