Thompson Goal, Wittman Saves Key Men's Soccer Win

Sept. 17, 2011

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BALTIMORE - Freshman Connor Thompson (Swindon, England) scored his first collegiate goal in the 73rd minute to lead the Loyola University Maryland men's soccer team to a 1-0 victory over Campbell Saturday evening at Ridley Athletic Complex.

"This was a great win for our team tonight," head coach Mark Mettrick said. "We absorbed a lot of pressure for long periods of time, but we stuck with it defensively. Campbell is a good team and we showed a lot of resilience in weathering their storm."

With the win, the Greyhounds extend their unbeaten streak to four and move to 4-1-1 on the season, while the Camels fall to 3-2-1. At home, Loyola has an unblemished 3-0 record; defeating St. Francis (Sept. 10, 1-0), Towson (Sept. 14, 2-1), and Campbell.

"Our fans have been great," Mettrick said. "They're so into the games and have really gotten behind us this year. We're still at the beginning of our season, but we've played some pretty hard fought, exciting and close games."

In tonight's contest, it was Thompson who proved to be the difference maker. The rookie took the ball up the left side of the field and dribbled past three defenders before sending a shot into the back of the net from about 10 yards out.

The goal marks the first of Thompson's career, while he also becomes the sixth Greyhound to contribute a goal this season.

Defensively, graduate senior Kyle Wittman led the way, tying a career-high with 10 saves. Wittman punched a corner kick over the top bar in the opening half to keep the game scoreless. He then picked up multiple, critical stops down the stretch to preserve the shutout and notch his third clean slate of the season, 18th of his career.

Loyola will return to action on Wednesday when it closes out its four-game home stand against UMBC at 7 p.m. The contest will be the second in a double-header with Loyola's women's soccer team, which takes on American at 5 p.m.