No. 9 Akron Slips Past Men's Soccer, 2-1

The Loyola men's soccer team gave Akron all it could handle on Saturday afternoon in Princeton, N.J. The ninth-ranked Zips, however, scored two second half goals and escaped with a 2-1 victory in game one of the 2005 Princeton Soccer Classic.

Due to wet field conditions, the game was moved to Mercer County Community College, where Loyola played Princeton to a 1-1 tie in 2002. The Greyhound defense, however, didn't miss a beat against an Akron squad averaging six goals per game, and with three first-half save from keeper Justin Chelland, the score was 0-0 at the break.

"Our guys played hard today," says Loyola Head Coach Mark Mettrick. "Our defense in the first half put us in a good position, but Akron is a very good side. I give them a lot of credit."

Mark Donnelly, who had two shots on goal, was unable to convert on either attempt and in the 56th minute, Akron broke through with a score. Dino Campellone headed home a cross from Justin Sadler to give the Zips a 1-0 lead. Sindsa Ubiparipovic doubled that advantage at 67:59 to give Akron a strong two-goal cushion.

Loyola would continue to fight and cut the lead in half when Ray Hassett took a feed from freshman Micah Hoffman and solidly stuck the ball with his left foot. The shot went off the crossbar and beat keeper Evan Bush with 8:22 remaining in regulation.

The Greyhounds make a furious attempt at a rally, but the final blow came when junior back Gabriel Ortega picked up his second yellow and was given a red card in the 86th minute.

Loyola is now 1-4 on the year and plays No. 7 Fairleigh Dickinson tomorrow at 5 p.m. Akron, which improves to 5-0 on the year, faces host Princeton at 2:30 p.m. Both games will be played at Lourie-Love Field on the campus of Princeton University.