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Men's Soccer Rallies For 2-1 Come-From-Behind Win Over Princeton

Sept. 18, 2013

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BALTIMORE - The Loyola University Maryland men's soccer team rallied from a one-goal deficit to come back and earn a 2-1 victory over Princeton Wednesday night at Ridley Athletic Complex.

The win marks the fifth-straight for the Greyhounds and keeps them unbeaten this season, at 5-0-1.

Princeton (1-3-0) snapped Loyola's shutout streak at 326 minutes in the 38th minute when Brendan McSherry broke loose in the midfield before threading a pass between defenders to Nico Hurtado out wide. Hurtado settled the ball on the left side and sent a shot into the bottom right corner of the goal.

The Greyhounds responded in the 67th minute when sophomore Larry Ndjock converted a penalty kick. Senior Stephen Dooley had played a long ball into the box for Ndjock, but a defender beat Ndjock to the ball and played it back to his goalkeeper, setting up a free kick opportunity when Seth MacMillan picked it up.

Thompson's free kick skimmed off the Tigers' wall in front of the goal to sail over the crossbar and then freshman Ryan Tuck's header off Marshall's corner bounced off the post. Marshall gathered the rebound and was taken down in the box, giving Ndjock the opportunity to convert the penalty kick.

Loyola continued to rally through the remainder of the game and, despite playing a man down due to a red card, was able to find its go-ahead goal in the 84th minute when Dooley finished a through ball from junior Connor Thompson on a breakaway.

Ndjock's goal was his seventh of the season, while it also marks the fifth-straight game he has scored in, tying him with Phil Bannister (2010) for the longest goal-scoring streak for a player under head coach Mark Mettrick.

Dooley's goal was his first of the season.

In goal, senior Thurman Van Riper stopped four shots in 65 minutes of action, while classmate Zach Kane had four saves in 25 minutes to earn his first win of the season.

Loyola will return to action on Saturday when it hosts local-rival UMBC at Ridley Athletic Complex. The game will begin at 7 p.m., and will be broadcast live on NSCAATV.com.