Sept. 21, 2011
Senior Wade McHugh (Baldwin, Md./The McDonogh School) and sophomore Diego McQuestion (Baltimore, Md./Gilman School) notched their first goals of the season Wednesday night to lead the Loyola University Maryland men's soccer team to a 2-0 victory over in-state rival UMBC at Ridley Athletic Complex.
With the win, the Greyhounds improve their unbeaten streak to five-straight games, while they also remain undefeated at home with a 4-0 record. For the season, Loyola moves to 5-1-1 overall, while UMBC falls to 2-2-2.
"This was obviously a good game for us tonight," head coach Mark Mettrick said. "UMBC just came off an unbelievable game at No. 1 Maryland [a 4-3 double overtime loss] and they're a program that advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament last year."
Loyola played the Retrievers to a scoreless first half, but struggled to generate much offense, getting outshot 6-1 in the frame. The Greyhounds responded in the second half though, notching six of the stanza's eight shots.
The squad's first scoring attempt came on a header from sophomore Jamie Libby (Romford, England) in the 63rd minute. Sophomore Stephen Dooley (Portstewart, Northern Ireland) took the corner kick for the Greyhounds and Libby sent the ball into the back of the net, but the goal was erased due to a foul on the play, keeping the game scoreless.
Sophomore transfer Geaton Caltabiano (Lothian, Md.) then looked for the game's first goal in the 68th minute, but saw his free kick hit off the post.
Loyola finally broke through in the 71st minute though, when Dooley sent a pass through three defenders to McQuestion. The midfielder played the ball to the top of the box before firing a shot into the top left corner of the goal to give Loyola a 1-0 advantage.
McHugh followed up the Greyhounds' score four minutes later, taking a floating cross from Caltabiano and flipped it over the Retrievers' goalkeeper for a score.
Defensively, Loyola held UMBC to eight shots for the game, while earning the advantage in corners, 5-3.
In goal, graduate senior Kyle Wittman (Baltimore, Md./Calvert Hall College) collected one save, while posting his MAAC-leading fourth shutout of the season. With the blank sheet, Wittman now has 19 shutouts throughout his career.
"It was great to see two local guys score tonight," Mettrick said. "I am very happy for them and for our team."
Loyola will return to action on Saturday when it heads to Quinnipiac for a 2 p.m. contest.