Sept. 30, 2006
Lawrenceville, N.J. - Omar Alfonso scored in the 19th minute and senior goalkeeper Justin Chelland made eight saves en route to his second straight shutout as Loyola defeated Rider 1-nil on Saturday afternoon.
Alfonso's goal was his team-leading third goal of the season, giving him nine points on the year. Chelland's eight saves matches his season high, which he recorded his last time out - in a 2-0 shutout at Richmond.
The Greyhounds got a big boost from senior captain Danny Wheelan, who started and played in his first game all season. Wheelan, who returned from injury, was active early and set up Alfonso with a nice pass into the box. Alfonso did the rest, scoring from five yards out to give Loyola the 1-0 lead.
The Broncs responded with a pair of shots-on-goal over the next five minutes, but Chelland held firm and kept Rider off the scoreboard. Alfonso, who had two of Loyola's three shots-on-goal on the day, had another attempt in the 27th minute, which was saved by Rider keeper Daniel Riverso.
Alfonso hit the post in the 54th minute, but that was as close as the Greyhounds would get to adding a second goal. The Loyola defense, which allowed only three shots-on-goal in the second half, has now given up one goal in its last three games. That goal came to No. 3 Maryland last Tuesday.
The win gets Loyola off to a great start in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. The Greyhounds are now 1-0 in the league while Rider begins conference play 0-1. Loyola continues conference action and wraps up its eight-game road trip at Canisius and Niagara next weekend. The `Hounds play at Canisius on Friday night and then face Niagara on Sunday afternoon.