Oct. 1, 2008
Baltimore, Md. - Sophomore midfielder Eddie Dines headed in the lone goal of the match with 14:30 remaining in the contest to give No. 16 Loyola a 1-nil win over Princeton Wednesday afternoon on Diane Geppi-Aikens Field.
Sophomore defenseman Steven Bantock moved the ball up the right sideline ahead to junior forward Jamie Darvill and Darvill's crossing shot was redirected by Dines' head and into the right lower corner of the Tigers' net past goalkeeper Joe Walter for the lone goal of the match.
After grabbing the one-goal lead, all that was left for the Greyhounds' defense was to keep Princeton (2-6-0) off the scoreboard and they did as junior goalkeeper Milos Kocic finished with seven saves with help from defensemen Josh Taylor and Tennant McVea. Of the Tigers' eight shots, seven of them were on goal and stopped by Kocic.
Loyola (7-0-1) almost scored earlier in the contest when Bantock ripped a shot from far outside of the net that clanged off the cross bar just 5:11 into the match. The Greyhounds threatened again in the second half and again Bantock was involved as his hard shot from just inside the box was blocked after a scramble for the ball that followed a deftly played cross from sophomore Glenn Leitch.
The victory extended a number of Loyola streaks. In addition to opening the season without a loss through the first eight contests for the best start to a season since the 1986 Greyhounds began the campaign 17-0-4 before losing in the NCAA Quarterfinals at Duke, Loyola has now been unbeaten in 16 straight and 22 of its last 23. The win extended a 15-match home unbeaten streak which has featured 12 straight home shutouts.
Loyola also evened the all-time series with the Tigers at 4-4-4 and has now won two straight after last year's 2-1 win at Princeton.
The Greyhounds' next challenge comes Saturday afternoon when it hosts Quinnipiac in what will be the 1,000th game played in the 66-year history of Loyola men's soccer. The College also will recognize the 1971 Greyhounds who finished a perfect 16-0-0 and captured Mason-Dixon and NCAA South Regional championships. Game time is scheduled for 1 o'clock.