Sept. 13, 2008
Washington, D.C. - Leaving the metro Baltimore area did not faze the men's soccer team as the nation's 23rd-ranked team played its first match outside of the Charm City Saturday afternoon and showed its mettle with a 3-1 win at George Washington for its fifth consecutive victory to open the 2008 season.
Sophomore forward Phil Bannister got Loyola started with his third goal of the season, tallying 17:10 into the match on an assist from junior forward Jamie Darvill. All of the goals thus far from the nation's top scoring freshman in 2007 have come on the road.
George Washington (1-2-1) answered quickly as Ryan Ruffing provided the equalizer just 16 seconds later to knot the score at 1-1.
It wouldn't be long until freshman midfielder Ben Hanson gave the lead back to the Greyhounds (5-0-0), scoring 19:45 into the match when he put back the rebound off his own blocked shot for an unassisted score and a 2-1 Loyola lead.
That's how things stood at the half as the Colonials peppered Loyola junior goalkeeper Milos Kocic with 11 shots, the Serbian native recording seven saves. The Greyhounds weren't far behind with 10 shots of their own and the one-goal advantage with 45 minutes remaining in regulation.
Sophomore back Glenn Leitch tallied his first marker of the season just 2:53 after the intermission to give Loyola a 3-1 lead with more than 42 minutes to play. Assisting on Leitch's goal were Darvill and sophomore Steven Bantock, the latter collecting his first Loyola point.
From there the Loyola defense and Kocic worked to have the two-goal advantage stand up. The Colonials did not make it easy on GW Soccer Alumni Weekend, taking 10 second-half shots, but none could penetrate the net and the Greyhounds had their fifth straight victory.
The three goals for Loyola were the most since the Greyhounds scored that many in a MAAC Semifinal win over Canisius last November and equaled the number that Loyola hung on George Washington in last year's 3-2 victory at Diane Geppi-Aikens Field.
That will be the venue of the Greyhounds' next outing when they host the William & Mary Tribe Wednesday afternoon at 5 o'clock. On line will be Loyola's 13-match unbeaten stretch and a 13-match winning streak at home.