Wheelan Gets Men's Soccer Past American, 3-2 in Overtime

Oct. 1, 2005

Box Score

Baltimore, Md. - Junior Danny Wheelan scored a goal 5:13 into the second overtime to give Loyola men's soccer a 3-2 victory over American Saturday at Alumnae Field. Wheelan took a pass from classmate Rade Kokovic just in front of the goal and was able to tap it past American keeper Ryan Germann. The Greyhounds improve to 2-6-1 with the win while the Eagles fall to 2-5-0.

Loyola was first on the board at 13:13 when Kokovic passed the ball up to Mark Donnelly who was able to get a header past Germann for the 1-0 score.

The score remained 1-0 until just two minutes into the second half when American's Garth Juckem's indirect kick sailed over Loyola keeper Justin Chelland's head and into the goal to even the game at 1-1.

AU then took a 2-1 lead at 54:29 when Sal Caccavale deflected another Juckem indirect kick into the goal.

It was the Greyhounds turn to knot the game at 2-2 with a goal by sophomore Frank Spanos at 70:40. After Ray Hassett's shot hit the crossbar, Brian O'Connor was able to corral the ball and get off another shot that was ultimately saved by Germann. But the ball came free of Germann's hands and Spanos was able to get the goal and tie the game.

The remainder of regulation and the initial overtime minute remained scoreless until Wheelan scored at 105:13.

It was a physical contest that featured a total of 49 fouls but remained even among many of the statistical categories. American lead in shots 14-12 and corners 5-2 although the Greyhounds led 6-4 in saves.

Chelland was credited with those six saves with American's Germann stopping four shots.

Loyola begins its Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference schedule Friday against Niagara.