Oct. 2, 2010
BALTIMORE - The Loyola University Maryland men's soccer team ended non-conference play on a high note, notching its third straight win with a 3-1 victory over the Adelphi Panthers on Saturday afternoon at the Ridley Athletic Complex.
Loyola improves to 4-3-1 with the win and Adelphi drops to 5-4-0.
"I was very pleased to get a good result today in a difficult game and I commend the players for all their efforts," said Head Coach Mark Mettrick.
The two sides played in front of a crowd of 1,468, the second-largest crowd of the year. Loyola has averaged a crowd of 1,276 fans in its four contests at home this year.
The Greyhounds entered the game on a three-match winning streak after knocking off Villanova 3-1 on Wednesday after upsetting then fourth-ranked Monmouth last Saturday, 2-0.
The teams appeared to be headed for a 0-0 halftime tie before Phil Bannister (Wallsend, England/Monkseaton) scored his seventh of the season with two and a half minutes left before the break. Gerwyn Jones (Caernarfon, Wales/Ysgol Syr Hugh Owen) launched a shot from outside the box that bounced off of the right post and back to the waiting Bannister, who knocked in the rebound to give the Greyhounds a 1-0 lead they would carry into halftime.
The goal marked the 37th of Bannister's career, tying him with Joe Koziol for ninth on the Loyola career goal list. The score also vaults him into seventh on the all-time points list with 103 as the senior jumps Mario Scilipoti's mark of 102.
Loyola returned to the field looking for a goal and succeeded 50 seconds into the second half. Wade McHugh (Baldwin, Md./The McDonogh School) streaked down the right side of the field into the Adelphi half and crossed the ball to a waiting Danny Ankrah (Gaithersburg, Md./Watkins Mill) in the box, whose shot into the right side of the goal beat Adelphi goalkeeper Thorne Holder to give the Greyhounds a 2-0 lead. The goal marks the first of the season for Ankrah.
The Greyhounds were not done. Kevin Curran (Upper Township, N.J./Ocean City) notched his second straight assist with a corner kick in the 61st minute, placing a cross to the left side of the box where Zach Tweddell (Newcastle, England/Monkseaton) attempted to head the ball in with a header. The shot glanced off of the crossbar to Jones, who converted on the rebound to notch his first goal of the season and push Loyola's lead to 3-0.
John Koutsounadis scored with two minutes left in the game to make the score 3-1, but the Loyola defense would hold on for the win.
Loyola returns to Ridley Athletic Complex when it begins MAAC play with a pair of matches on Friday and Sunday. The Greyhounds first face the Manhattan Jaspers on October 8 at 7 p.m. before taking on Saint Peter's Peacocks on October 10 at 1 p.m.