Bannister's Two Goals Lift Men's Soccer Over Villanova, 3-1

Sept. 29, 2010

Final Stats

VILLANOVA, Pa. -Two second-half goals from Phil Bannister broke a scoreless halftime tie and helped the visiting Loyola University Maryland men's soccer team top the Villanova Wildcats on Wednesday afternoon, 3-1.

Three goals in five minutes gave the Greyhounds the win and improved Loyola's record to 3-3-1 while Villanova moves to 5-3-1. The Wildcats entered the game with a four-game shutout streak after allowing their last goal on September 12 to George Mason.

"I thought we showed a very spirited performance after we lost two players to injury in the first half," Head Coach Mark Mettrick said. "I'm proud of the performance by our team."

Freshman Jamie Libby (Romford, England/Havering College) headed in a goal in the second half for his first career score at Loyola. Freshman Sam Bradley (Potomac, Md./Winston Churchill) also made his first career appearance in a Loyola uniform when he entered the game in the first half.

Kyle Wittman (Baltimore, Md./Calvert Hall College) made two saves for the third win of the season.

A scoreless first half saw both sides look for goal opportunities in the opening half to no avail. The Greyhounds recorded seven shots in the first frame and the Wildcats took 14, but neither side found the net and the teams entered the halftime break tied, 0-0.

The Greyhounds emerged from halftime aiming for a goal and succeeding in the 52nd minute. Stephen Dooley (Portstewart, Northern Ireland/Loreto College Coleraine) sent in a corner kick that Phil Bannister redirected into the net to give Loyola a 1-0 lead. The goal ended a Villanova shutout streak that stretched over four games, totaling over 440 minutes of play.

Loyola and Bannister struck again almost immediately, converting on a chance a little over a minute later. Danny Ankrah (Gaithersburg, Md./Watkins Mill) sent in a cross to the top of the box, which Phil Bannister met with a header shot into the right side of the net to push Loyola's lead to 2-0.

Bannister's goals marked the 35th and 36th of his career, which moves him past Bill Wnek, Marc Harrison and Doug Miller on Loyola's all-time goals list and into a tie with Jamie Darvill for 10th. The score also pushes Bannister's career point total to 100, vaulting Bannister from 13th place into eighth on the Loyola career scoring list. Bannister passed Joe Koziol, Ty Smith, Jamie Darvill and Marc Harrison in the process.

Loyola's final goal also came early in the second half on a corner kick in the 56th minute. Kevin Curran (Upper Township, N.J./Ocean City) took the kick and sent the ball into the box, where Jamie Libby rose to the chance and headed the cross in for his first career goal and a 3-0 Greyhounds lead.

A Loyola own goal off of a corner kick in the 79th minute put Villanova on the scoreboard but that would wrap up the Wildcats' scoring for the day, as the Greyhounds held on for the win, 3-1.

Loyola returns to the Ridley Athletic Complex for its next game when the team wraps up non-conference play against Adelphi on Saturday. Kick-off is slated for 2 p.m.