Sept. 19, 2012
CATONSVILLE - The Loyola University Maryland men’s soccer team created some dangerous scoring opportunities late Wednesday night at UMBC’s Retriever Soccer Park, but it wouldn’t be enough, as the Greyhounds fell to their local rival, 2-0.
Loyola’s best opportunity came in the 83rd minute when sophomore Connor Thompson played a corner into the box. Mamadou Kansaye was called for a handball on the goal line though, setting Thompson up for a penalty kick. Phil Saunders stepped up in goal for UMBC, redirecting Thompson’s shot up over the goal to preserve the shutout for the Retrievers.
The Greyhounds also had a scoring opportunity in the 71st minute when junior Stephen Dooley played a ball to Thompson. Thompson carried the ball into the box and fired a shot from 25 yards out, but Saunders made a leaping save on the attempt. Senior Kevin Curran then struck the rebound from the opposite side of the box toward the goal, but the Retrievers blocked that shot.
For the game, UMBC’s offense applied continuous pressure, outshooting the Greyhounds, 20-9. The Retrievers also held an 8-4 advantage in corner kicks.
Junior Thurman Van Riper came up huge for the Greyhounds in goal though, stopping a career-high six shots.
In the 14th minute, Van Riper saved consecutive shots within four seconds of each other. Pete Caringi played a ball into the box for the Retrievers and fired a shot towards the goal, but Van Riper made the save. The rebound went right back to Caringi though, who fired another shot from about 10 yards out. Van Riper was able to quickly recover and make a diving save to keep the game scoreless.
The Retrievers looked to have then broke through in the 24th minute, as Milo Kapor’s shot beat Van Riper, but sophomore Joseph Cahalan ran in and booted the ball of the goal line.
The remainder of the half remained scoreless and it was Dominic Marshall that had the first look at goal in the second half. In the 47th minute, Dooley played a through ball to the freshman, but his shot hit just outside the net.
The Retrievers then answered on the next play when Kapor played a through ball to Kadeem Dacres. Dacres split the Greyhounds’ defense and sent a shot into the net from about 12 yards out at the 46:59 mark.
UMBC tacked on a second goal six minutes later when Kapor played a cross to Caringi, who snuck a shot past a diving Van Riper.
The Retrievers attempted to add to their lead in the 62nd minute when Dacres fired a shot from the top of the box, but Van Riper stopped the attempt. Michael DiCesare collected the rebound for UMBC and sent a shot from the left wing Van Riper’s way, but the Groton, Mass., native made the save.
Loyola will look to rebound on Saturday when it hosts James Madison at Ridley Athletic Complex. Opening kick is slated for 7 p.m.