Sept. 14, 2003
GERMANTOWN, MD - Freshman Omar Alfonso scored two goals and junior Kevin Nash added another to help Loyola defeat Cornell, 3-2, on Sunday afternoon at the Germantown SoccerPlex. The Greyhounds pick up their third win of the season and extend their home unbeaten streak to 29 games.
Loyola connected on its first shot of the game when Alfonso sent a pass to Nash in front of the cage and Nash powered in his team-leading fourth goal of the season. Alfonso later connected on a shot from out front, placing the ball just past the outstretched hand of diving Cornell goalkeeper David Mahoney. The Greyhounds were in command with a 2-0 lead at halftime.
The Big Red answered with almost identical plays only five minutes apart, and after Nick Leonard's header at 56:06, the game was knotted at 2-2. The Greyhounds, who had outshot Cornell 8-4 in the first half, had their two-goal cushion disappear with over 30 minutes left in regulation.
At 74:14 Alfonso stuck again, this time taking a pass from senior Steven Coleman, knocking in his first career game-winner.
"I was checking for the ball at the beginning of the play and saw that I wasn't going to get it," says Alfonso. "I attacked the post and the ball went in."
Nash and Alfonso have tallied all seven of Loyola's goals this season. Nash leads the squad with four goals and eight points, while Alfonso has three goals and an assist. Sophomore Dan Mulcahy, who started his first game in goal, picked up the win with two saves.
"This was a great win for us," adds Alfonso. "It was needed after a couple losses."
Loyola, bouncing back from a loss to No. 1 Maryland, is now 3-2 on the season while Cornell is 1-1. The Greyhounds also extend their home unbeaten streak to 29 games, the second longest such streak in the nation. St. Louis, which won its game against Florida International last night, has the nation's longest home unbeaten streak at 33 games.
The Greyhounds are on the road next weekend, playing two games at the Princeton Invitational. Loyola faces host Princeton on Friday night at 7:30 p.m.