Sept. 24, 2005
Germantown, Md. - Playing a home game under the lights at Germantown, Md., the Loyola men's soccer team dropped a 3-1 decision to Hofstra on Saturday night. The Greyhounds dug an early hole and despite playing their way back into the match, could not make up the difference on the scoreboard.
"We made mistakes at critical moments and Hofstra capitalized," says Loyola Head Coach Mark Mettrick. "If we expect to beat a quality opponent like Hofstra, we need to clean up those mistakes."
Loyola, which finished the game with a 5-2 edge in corner kicks, had a golden opportunity to get the early lead when Mark Donnelly had Pride keeper Matthias Gumbrecht 1-on-1 in the 13th minute. Gumbrecht made the save and Hofstra scored minutes later off a counterattack set up in the Greyhound backfield.
Donnelly nearly scored again when his mazy dribble through the Hofstra defense in the 18th minute resulted in a shot that just sailed over the crossbar. A Loyola mistake in the box gave Hofstra a penalty kick at 26:40 and Chris Cox converted to push the lead to 2-0.
The Pride took command of the match with a third goal in the 69th minute, but Loyola would not go away quietly. Junior captain Danny Wheelan scored his first goal of the season, tapping in an empty netter past a prone Hofstra keeper in the 73rd minute.
The goal energized the Loyola side, but it would be too little, too late as the Greyhounds fell to 1-5-1 on the year. Hofstra, meanwhile, improved to 5-2-1 with the win.
Loyola returns to action on Tuesday at Pennsylvania. The Greyhounds face the Quakers in a 3:30 p.m. match.