Sept. 27, 2003
BALTIMORE, MD - Freshman Omar Alfonso scored three goals while senior Jay Joyce and freshman Michael Kolosvary each chipped in with one to help Loyola roll past Rider on Saturday afternoon at Curly Field. The Greyhounds extend their home unbeaten streak to 30 games and open the conference season with a convincing 5-1 victory.
"Coach [Mark Mettrick] said that today begins a new chapter of our season," says Alfonso in reference to the beginning of Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference play. "I think it was a good introduction."
Alfonso's introduction to MAAC play resulted in his best collegiate performance to date and it was the freshman who got things rolling in the 13th minute when he scored Loyola's first goal. After Joyce's shot was deflected by Rider goalie Brian Gill, Alfonso knocked in the loose ball to give the Greyhounds a 1-0 edge.
Kolosvary tallied his first career goal at 39:18 with a header off of freshman Rade Kokovic's direct kick. For Kokovic, it was his first collegiate assist and the freshman combo made the score 2-0. Loyola took the 2-0 lead into the lockeroom at halftime with an 8-2 advantage on shots and a 4-0 edge on corner kicks.
"I really think we played well," says starting sophomore Midfielder John Dalziel. "Every MAAC game will be a challenge, but if we play like we did today, we'll be ready."
The Greyhounds went up 3-0 with Joyce's second goal of the season. Rider would answer less than a minute later, but it was all Loyola after that.
Alfonso took a nice feed from sophomore Nate Lyden on a break-away and pushed the lead to 4-1 at 79:09. In a similar play, Alfonso found himself in a one-on-one situation against Gill and after taking the ball down the left side of the field, he connected with a shot in the upper right corner of the cage.
"I guess that was a creative goal," says Alfonso. "I just figured why not? I shot the ball and was surprised to see it go in."
Alfonso leads the Greyhounds with seven goals and 15 points. Kolosvary, who notched his first goal of the year, became the fifth Loyola player to score a goal this season. Greg Peters, who started in goal for the 'Hounds, picked up the win with three saves.
Loyola improves to 4-2-2 and 1-0-0 in the MAAC. The Greyhounds also have the nation's second-longest home unbeaten streak at 30 games and are 3-0-0 at home this season. Loyola's next game is Friday, Oct. 3 at Siena. That game will begin at 3 p.m.