Sept. 19, 2010
TOWSON, Md. - Phil Bannister (Wallsend, England/Monkseaton) netted two goals but they were not enough to give the Loyola University Maryland men's soccer team a win against cross-town rival Towson on Sunday, as the Greyhounds fell, 3-2.
Loyola falls to 1-3-1 on the year while Towson improves to 6-0-0. The game marked the 60th meeting all-time between the two sides, and the result pushed the series record to 38-17-6 with Loyola having the advantage.
The Greyhounds outshot the Tigers 21 to 16 and recorded 11 shots on goal to Towson's 8. Phil Bannister led Loyola with a game-high seven shots and four shots on goal.
Loyola wasted little time getting on the scoreboard, scoring the game's first goal in the third minute. Taking the ball into the middle of the field, Phil Bannister sliced through several Towson defenders before Roslin Nzokou took Bannister down in the box to give the Greyhounds a penalty kick. Bannister aimed his kick in the center of the net and buried the shot, giving Loyola a 1-0 lead at 2:45. The goal marked Bannister's second of the year, both coming on penalty kicks.
Towson would respond with a penalty kick of its own. A Loyola handball in the penalty area at 15:04 set up Marco Mangione and the Tiger converted, tying the match at 1-1 early in the first half.
A halftime deadlock seemed likely, but Towson found the net two minutes before the break. Kay Banjo launched a shot that knocked him off-balance and onto the ground from in close. Kyle Wittman (Baltimore, Md./Calvert Hall) made the save but the rebound bounced back to Banjo, who kicked the ball in while still on the ground to give the Tigers a 2-1 they would take into halftime.
Loyola came out of halftime pressuring the Towson back line but it would be the Tigers who would score first. Kay Banjo found his second of the game, getting into the right side Loyola half and tucking a shot between Kyle Wittman and the near post at 51:08.
Towson's 3-1 lead lasted 15 seconds. Loyola took the ensuing kickoff down the field, feeding the ball to Stephen Dooley (Portstewart, Northern Ireland/Loreto College Coleraine) on the right side. Dooley then fed a cross into the box and found Phil Bannister, who knocked the ball in for his second of the game and third of the year to narrow the gap, 3-2. Dooley's assist marks the first point of his collegiate career.
The Greyhounds return to Ridley Athletic Complex on Wednesday, September 22 for the second half of a Loyola soccer doubleheader against UMBC. The Loyola women's soccer team takes on the Retrievers at 5 p.m., with the men following at 7 p.m.