Sept. 29, 2004
Baltimore, Md. - Junior Vinnie Piscopo answered Pennsylvania's go-ahead goal in the 67th minute with the game-tying tally in the 77th minute as the Greyhounds and Quakers battled to a 110-minute draw at Alumnae Field on Wednesday afternoon. An even match on the field and on the scoresheet results in a 1-1 final, the season's first tie for both sides.
"I'm very proud with our effort today," says Loyola Head Coach Mark Mettrick. "It was a hard-fought game and both teams had chances to win. I think a tie is a fair result."
The game started with Pennsylvania in control. The Greyhound defense, however, weathered the Quakers' early push and began to dictate the tempo with ball control in the offensive zone. Freshman Camilo Correa had Loyola's first good look in 17th minute, and just missed left. Senior Brian O'Connor followed with a solid shot in the 20th minute that sailed wide of Penn's cage.
Pennsylvania, which outshot Loyola 7-5 in the first half, also had five corner kicks in the period. Sophomore Justin Chelland, who made his first start in goal, kept the Quakers off the board, saving Arthur Bartholomew's shot in the 35th minute. Chelland, who played all 110 minutes, would end the game with four saves and moves his career mark to 7-3-3.
"I've been working very hard to get another chance to play goalie," says Chelland. "I now have to produce results and today was a good start."
The `Hounds threatened with a turn-around shot from sophomore Omar Alfonso that went high and a two-on-one break with Alfonso and Piscopo in the 41st minute that resulted in a save by Daniel Cepero. The half would end scoreless, however, and that's the way the game would remain until 66:15.
In the 67th minute, Bartholomew headed the ball to teammate Brian Candler, who headed in the game's first score. With rain beginning to fall harder and harder, the `Hounds countered when sophomore Rade Kokovic sent a pass to Correa, who found Piscopo streaking down the center of the field.
"Rade [Kokovic] made a nice pass to Camilo [Correa] and he sent me a perfect pass," says Piscopo. "I beat my man to the ball and was able to get it past the keeper."
Piscopo's goal was his team-leading third goal of the year and gave the `Hounds new life down the stretch. After attempting zero corner kicks in the second half, Loyola had four in the two overtimes and kept Penn on their heels for most of the 20 extra minutes. Freshman Janson Blake nearly scored with a header in the 91st minute and Alfonso had a near-miss in the 97th minute as both teams escaped with the tie.
Pennsylvania would end the game with 16 shots to Loyola's 15 and took 13 corner kicks to the `Hounds five. Coach Mettrick keeps his unbeaten overtime record at Loyola in tact and is now 14-0-8 in overtime games at Evergreen.
The `Hounds, now 3-4-1 on the year, return to MAAC competition next Friday, October 8 at Iona. Pennsylvania is now 4-2-1 overall and plays Ivy foe Cornell on Saturday.