Sept. 25, 2010
WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. - The Loyola University Maryland men’s soccer team turned in a complete effort in all aspects of the game to take down fourth-ranked Monmouth on Saturday, as Phil Bannister (Wallsend, England/Monkseaton) and Gary Weisbaum (Baltimore, Md./Pikesville) each scored to lift the Greyhounds over the Hawks, 2-0.
Loyola improves to 2-3-1 on the year while the upset hands Monmouth its first loss at 6-1-0.
Monmouth moved from No. 5 to No. 4 in this week’s edition of the NSCAA/HendricksCars.com National Rankings. The Loyola win marks the highest-ranked opponent the Greyhounds have beaten under Head Coach Mark Mettrick’s tenure, stretching back to 2000.
“The players did a tremendous job today and I’m very proud of them,” Mettrick said. “Their mentality and attitudes were excellent and it’s a great result for our program.”
Saturday also proved an historic night for senior forward Phil Bannister. With Bannister's assist on Gary Weisbaum's first-half goal, Bannister tied Stan Koziol and Marc Harrison atop the Loyola career assists record list with the 33rd in his career. His three-point effort against the Hawks also gave him 97 points for his career, tying him with Joe Koziol's 11th-place record in that category. Bannister moved up the career goal list as well, as his second half goal gave the senior the 34th of his career to tie him with Bill Wnek for 13th place.
Loyola put five shots on goal to Monmouth’s three, despite being slightly outshot overall by a 13 to 11 count. Phil Bannister and Mike Deasel (Kingsville, Md./Loyola Blakefield) each had three shots in the match to lead the Greyhounds.
After 44 minutes of scoreless play, Gary Weisbaum found the net first to put Loyola on the scoreboard. Weisbaum sliced through the middle of the Monmouth defense before putting a shot by goalkeeper Bryan Meredith. The goal marks the first of Weisbaum’s Loyola career.
The next Loyola goal came after the halftime break but the Greyhounds did not have to wait for long. Kevin Curran (Upper Township, N.J./Ocean City) lifted a cross to the far post in the 52nd minute and Phil Bannister slid in to put the ball away. Bannister struck with a sliding volley, knocking the ball over the line and into the side of the net to make the score 2-0.
From there, the Loyola defense would hold off the Hawks with the help of goalkeeper Kyle Wittman (Baltimore, Md./Calvert Hall College), who made three saves en route to his second shutout of the year. The Greyhounds continued to apply pressure on offense in the second half, outshooting Monmouth 8 to 7 in the game’s final 45 minutes.
Loyola plays its next game on Wednesday, a road contest in Philadelphia against Villanova at 7 p.m. The team then returns to the Ridley Athletic Complex for a matchup against Adelphi on Saturday, October 2 at 2 p.m.