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Early Goals, Strong Defense Lead Loyola To Win Over Towson

Sept. 14, 2011

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BALTIMORE - The Loyola University Maryland men's soccer team scored two early goals before relying on stingy defense to earn a 2-1 victory over rival Towson Wednesday evening at Ridley Athletic Complex. With the win, the Greyhounds improve to 3-1-1 on the season, while Towson falls to 0-2-1.

"This was an important game for us," head coach Mark Mettrick said. "It was an exciting and tense affair, and I am pleased that we were able to come out on the right side. Towson took some momentum into halftime, but we regrouped and showed a lot of guts in shutting them out in the second half."

Loyola took a 1-0 lead in the sixth minute after Towson was called for a handball inside the box. Sophomore Stephen Dooley took the penalty kick and notched his second goal of the season when he stuck a shot into the top right corner.

Junior Gerwyn Jones then gave the Greyhounds a 2-0 advantage in the eighth minute when sophomore transfer Geaton Caltabiano sent a free kick into traffic. The ball deflected off of a defender before Jones put it into an open net.

Towson answered in the 36th minute when Matteo Vertucci headed a cross from Phil Martinelli into the goal.

From there, Loyola's defense stepped up and forced Towson to resort to the long ball, holding the Tigers to three second-half shots, as opposed to their 10 in the opening stanza.

For the game, Towson out-shot Loyola, 13-11, while the Greyhounds held the edge in corner kicks, 5-4.

In goal, graduate senior Kyle Wittman stopped four shots for the Greyhounds - including a point-blank save from six yards out in the opening half.

Loyola will continue its four-game homestand on Saturday, playing host to Campbell at Ridley Athletic Complex. Game time is slated for 7 p.m.