Men's Soccer Earns First Shutout Of Season, Blanks Richmond 2-0

Sept. 23, 2006

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Richmond, Va. - Senior goalkeeper Justin Chelland made eight saves and the Greyhound defense held Richmond scoreless on their own pitch for Loyola's first shutout of the season. Josh Taylor and Omar Alfonso provided the offense for the 2-nil victory from First Market Stadium on Saturday night.

Loyola came out aggressive, taking three of the game's first four shots, including an on-target strike from Janson Blake in the 18th minute of play. A solid defensive effort from both sides, however, resulted in a scoreless tie at the half.

The Greyhounds broke through in the 70th. After Alfonso's near miss in the 69th minute, Taylor controlled from 25 yards away and sailed a shot past Richmond keeper Matt Cully. The Spiders responded with three shots-on-goal over the next five minutes, but Chelland held firm and deflated the rally with save after save.

Alfonso put the game away in the 77th minute when he redirected a corner kick from Rade Kokovic for his second goal this season. Alfonso, who now leads the team in total points, had two of Loyola's four shots-on-goal.

The Greyhounds, now 1-6-1 overall, hope their momentum can carry them into a big match at College Park this Tuesday night. Loyola will play defending national champion Maryland from Ludwig Field beginning at 7 p.m.