Sept. 25, 2012
BALTIMORE - Junior Stephen Dooley and freshman Larry Ndjock teamed up twice Tuesday night to lead the Loyola University Maryland men's soccer team (5-3-1) to a 2-0 victory over American (4-4-1) at Ridley Athletic Complex.
"After our last game on Saturday versus James Madison and then tonight, Stephen and Larry are beginning to find each other well and are developing a bit of a partnership," head coach Mark Mettrick said. "I think it's coming at a nice time for us and it made a huge difference in tonight's game."
In the 21st minute, Ndjock redirected an errant American pass to Dooley who split defenders and stuck a shot into the middle right side of the goal to give Loyola a 1-0 lead.
The Eagles had an opportunity for an equalizer in the 57th minute when Dale McDonald looked to have created a breakaway, but senior defender Gerwyn Jones chased McDonald down and knocked the ball away about 25 yards from the goal.
McDonald had another chance to tie it in the 58th minute, but his shot hit the right post.
Loyola was then able to add to its lead in the 72nd minute when Dooley curved a cross from the right side into the box. Ndjock beat his defender and headed the ball into the back of the net for his team-leading sixth goal of the season.
Ndjock almost had a second goal in the 86th minute when sophomore Joey Wilkins played a through ball to Ndjock. Ndjock attempted to send a shot over American's goalkeeper, Billy Knutsen, but Knutsen was able to get enough of a fingertip on it to redirect it away from the goal and out of danger.
For the game, American outshot Loyola, 14-7, and held a 7-3 advantage in corner kicks. In the second half, the Eagles had a 10-3 advantage in shots, but junior goalkeeper Thurman Van Riper stepped up to stop four shots, including three in the second half, en route to his third shutout of the season.
"I thought our back four - Gerwyn, Joey Cahalan, Jamie Libby and Zach Tweddell - in addition to Joey Wilkins when he was in there, and Thurman all played very well today," Mettrick added. "American is a good team and has three very good forwards, so to get a shutout against them is pretty impressive."
Loyola will return to action on Saturday when it hosts Saint Joseph's in its final non-conference game of the regular season. Kick off with the Hawks is scheduled for 1 p.m., at Ridley Athletic Complex.