Greyhounds' Rally Falls Short Against Fairfield, 2-1

Sept. 30, 2011

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BALTIMORE - The Loyola University Maryland men's soccer team dropped its Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference opener to Fairfield, 2-1, Friday night at Ridley Athletic Complex.

Keaton Cristobal and Jordan Ayris scored for the Stags, while sophomore Stephen Dooley scored for Loyola.

With the win, Fairfield opens its MAAC season 1-0-0 and improves to 2-4-0 on the season. With the loss, the Greyhounds fall to 5-3-1 on the season and 0-1-0 in the MAAC. At home, Loyola is 4-1-0 this season.

Fairfield got on the board first in the ninth minute when Ayris played a ball through two defenders to Cristobal. Cristobal then sent a shot into the inside of the far post from 18 yards out for the game's first goal.

Loyola looked to have found its equalizer in the 32nd minute when sophomore Jamie Libby fired a shot from inside the box while in traffic. But Fairfield's keeper - Michael O'Keeffe - made a diving save to keep the Greyhounds off the board.

The Stags then added to their lead in the 38th minute when Ayris dribbled into three defenders, before sending a shot from 20 yards out into the bottom right corner.

Midway through the second half, Loyola looked to have broke through Fairfield's defense, but senior Wade McHugh's shot went just high of the goal.

Loyola then got on the board in the 74th minute when Dooley converted a penalty kick. A long ball had been played up the left side to sophomore Diego McQuestion who was fouled by Fairfield's goalkeeper in the box. Dooley's goal was his third goal of the season and his second penalty kick.

Defensively, the Greyhounds allowed a season-low five shots throughout the contest, including not giving up any in the second half. The Greyhounds also did not allow any corner kicks throughout the game.

In goal, graduate senior Kyle Wittman stopped one shot for Loyola, while O'Keeffe earned two saves for Fairfield.

Loyola will return to action on Sunday when it hosts Iona at Ridley Athletic Complex at 1 p.m.