Sept. 12, 2015
BALTIMORE - Behind sophomore Brad Warenicz's first career goal, the Loyola University Maryland men's soccer team won the Battle of Baltimore Saturday night, handing previously unbeaten and No. 11 UMBC a 1-0 loss at Ridley Athletic Complex.
In the 55th minute, junior Brennan Goldsmith played a throw-in back to junior transfer Alex Ponvert, who sent a cross into the box for Warenicz to head in from seven-yards out for the eventual game-winning score.
The victory is the first over a ranked team for head coach Steve Nichols.
"I thought our effort tonight was brilliant," Nichols said. "UMBC, being ranked 11 in the country, may have had the more talented squad, but we have some good guys too. We showed tonight that if we fight hard and put together a full 90 minutes, we can compete with quality opponents."
Loyola (1-3-1) dictated the pace of play throughout the first 30 minutes of play, creating three scoring chances early on.
In the sixth minute, junior Antony Sare played a ball out wide to junior Laurin Vogel who sent a cross into the box. Warenicz was able to get a head on the ball, but his shot attempt just missed hitting the left post.
Warenicz and junior Dylan Engel then played a game of give-and-go in the 24th minute, but the Retrievers (3-1-1) were able to knock the ball out of the box before Engel was able to get a shot off.
In the 31st minute, Vogel played a ball into the box for Engel, who tapped it back out to Goldsmith about 20 yards from the goal. UMBC goalkeeper Billy Heavner was there to make the save though.
Following Warenicz's score, Loyola had a chance for an insurance goal in the 67th minute, but Goldsmith was called offsides after Engel played a ball from the right wing into the box for him.
In the 72nd minute, freshman Xander Saling sent a cross from the right side into the box to Warenicz but his shot attempt was blocked. The rebound trickled towards Sare, also in the box, but he, too, had his attempt blocked.
Throughout the final 10 minutes, UMBC pressured offensively, creating five of its 19 shot and two corner kicks, but Loyola goalkeeper Matt Sanchez turned back two of the shots and the Greyhounds' defense cleared the corners from danger.
On the other end of the field, Goldsmith had two good looks at goal throughout that time, putting one pass from Vogel into the side netting of the goal in the 84th minute and one long shot just over the cross bar in the 90th minute.
Behind four saves from junior goalkeeper Matt Sanchez, the Greyhounds were able to hold the Retrievers scoreless for the first time since 2011, while the clean sheet marks the second for Sanchez this season.
The win also improves Loyola to 20-4-3 all-time against UMBC.
The Greyhounds return to action on Saturday when they travel to George Washington for a 1 p.m., kickoff.