Sept. 14, 2007
Baltimore, Md. - Sophomore Jamie Darvill floated his shot over the outstretched arms of George Washington keeper Matt Scheer to give Loyola a thrilling 3-2 victory over the Colonials at Diane Geppi-Aikens Field on Friday evening. The game-winner, which came in the 87th minute of play, has the 26th-ranked Greyhounds off to their best start since 1992.
Loyola, which saw its two-goal advantage disappear, received goals from freshmen Phil Banniser, Eddie Dines and Darvill in its second straight three-goal match. The Greyhounds took only nine shots in the contest with eight of them coming from Friday night's scoring trio.
The `Hounds took an early 1-nil lead when Bannister controlled a touch from freshman Michael Deasel, and rather casually struck a left-footed grounder past the Colonial keeper. After a wide attempt from Darvill in the 26th minute, Loyola struck again with a low liner from Dines from outside the box. Freshman Daneil Ankrah assisted on the play and Loyola held a comfortable 2-nil lead heading into the second half of play.
George Washington's rally was sparked by a header from Andy Stadler off a well-struck corner in the 68th minute. The Colonials pressed and with Greyhound keeper Milos Kocic drawn out of the box, a live ball slipped into the net to draw the match even in the 86th minute.
Loyola immediately answered with Ankrah's speed on the outside setting scoring attempts in the closing minutes of regulation. With George Washington's goalie falling down, Darvill had an opportunity that sailed high before his winner only 22 seconds later.
Darvill's score drew chants from the Loyola student-body that withstood the rain to cheer on their classmates. The victory improves the Greyhounds to 5-0 this season and drops George Washington to 3-2. Loyola, which is 2-0 away from home, returns to the road this Sunday night at Hofstra.Game time from Long Island is slated for 6 p.m.