Men's Soccer Edged Out By William & Mary

Sept. 18, 2004

Box Score

Baltimore, Md. - Freshman Janson Blake scored his first career goal, but William & Mary countered with a pair of first half goals and held on to defeat the Greyhounds 2-1 on Saturday afternoon at Geppi-Aikens Field.

Loyola began the game on the offensive with several early opportunities. After sophomore Rade Kokovic's cross in the third minute came up empty, the `Hounds were ready to attack with a Kokovic corner kick in the 13th minute.

Set up by seniors Jay Joyce and Kevin Nash, who worked together to get the corner, Kokovic lofted the ball and Blake was there with the header, giving Loyola the 1-0 lead.

Nash had a chance to make it 2-0 with the ball in front of the cage in the 15th minute, but the William & Mary defense kept Nash from getting a shot off and at 15:07, the Tribe evened the game with Andrew Terry's shot over the outstretched hand of Loyola goalkeeper Greg Peters.

Seven minutes later, Terry bounced a shot off the Loyola post, causing Peters to scramble for the loose ball. Unfortunately for the `Hounds, the ball bounced to William & Mary's Brandon Thomas, who headed the ball into the open part of the cage.

The Greyhounds, with the wind at their backs, attacked the entire second half. The visiting side of William & Mary, however, stayed solid on defense and minimized Loyola's opportunities.

With the clock winding down, the `Hounds intensified their attack. Junior Vinnie Piscopo just missed his header in the 86th minute, but still kept pressure on Tribe keeper Kris Rake. Joyce had the final shot of the day, a point-blank shot at Rake with five seconds remaining in regulation. Rake made the save and improved William & Mary to 3-1-1.

"It's been a very emotional week for us," says Loyola Head Coach Mark Mettrick. "Losing to Santa Clara and Maryland and coming back to play on a difficult surface today ... the effort was good."

The game was moved to Geppi-Aikens Field after Alumnae Field, Loyola's grass surface, was deemed unplayable by College officials after Friday night's storm. The Greyhounds, which were outshot 7-2 in the first half, finished with eight shots to William & Mary's nine.

The Greyhounds fall to 2-4 overall and begin Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) competition next Saturday at Rider. Loyola is the conference's preseason favorite.