Sept. 22, 2009
CATONSVILLE, Md. - The Loyola men's soccer team got off three shots on goal in the final two minutes, but all were saved, and UMBC held on for a 1-0 non-conference victory Tuesday night.
UMBC's Andrew Bulls scored on a free kick in the 43rd minute to post the only score of the match.
A Loyola foul set up Bulls' free kick opportunity. He struck the shot from approximately 25 yards from the goal and sent it into the lower right corner of the goal for his 10th of the season.
The shot was UMBC's only on frame in the match. Loyola (3-3-1) outshot the undefeated Retrievers (8-0-0), 11-9, and the Greyhounds garnered eight corner kicks to UMBC's two.
"I think we were very, very unlucky not to get more out of this game," Loyola Head Coach Mark Mettrick said. "We were able to create some great opportunities, but UMBC's goalkeeper made some big saves."
Phil Saunders made six saves in goal for the undefeated Retrievers (8-0-0).
The Greyhounds (3-3-1) had several strong chances that went awry. Tennant McVea put a header off a Kevin Curran corner kick toward the goal in the 14th minute, but it slipped just over the crossbar. Later, a Jamie Darvill free kick appeared to be headed for a goal, but Saunders made a save.
Early in the second half, Darvill crossed a ball to an open Eddie Dines, but Dines' shot from inside the six was just over the crossbar.
Late in the game, Loyola had a flurry of opportunities that just missed.
Darvill took a pair of shots in the 82nd and 83rd minutes, only to see them go high.
Alex Garcev then had a shot saved in the 88th minute.
With 71 seconds remaining, Phil Bannister put a header on goal that was saved, and 54 ticks later, Dines' glancing header, which was also inside the six, was saved, thwarting Loyola's last chance.
Loyola (3-3-1) returns to action on Saturday, Septmeber 26, 2009, when it hosts 14th-ranked Monmouth at 1 p.m.