Oct. 2, 2011
BALTIMORE - The Loyola University Maryland men's soccer team rallied to tie the score twice on Sunday afternoon against Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference preseason favorite Iona, but the Greyhounds were unable to overcome the Gaels' game-winning goal in the 82nd minute, as Iona earned a 3-2 victory at Ridley Athletic Complex.
Michael Hodgen netted the game-winner for the Gaels (9-1-1, 2-0-0 MAAC), assisted by Ignacio Maganto, while Maganto and Franklin Castellanos also recorded goals for Iona. For Loyola (5-4-1, 0-2-0), junior Gerwyn Jones and sophomore Stephen Dooley notched goals, while senior Wade McHugh, junior Kevin Curran and freshman Vegard Vinje were credited with assists.
Loyola maintained possession throughout the beginning of the contest, but it was Iona that struck first, when the Gaels sent a header into the back of the net in the 12th minute. Alexander Abdalla sent a cross to Maganto from the left side and Maganto headed it into the back of the net for the game's first goal.
The Greyhounds found their equalizer in the 25th minute when Dooley sent a shot from the left side into the lower left corner of the goal. The Gaels' defense had broke Loyola's corner kick on the play, but McHugh sent the ball back into the box to Vinje, who played it to Dooley. The Portstewart, Northern Ireland native then put it away for his team-high fourth goal of the season.
Iona quickly regained the lead, though, firing a shot into the net three minutes later. Jones looked to have stripped the ball from a streaking Maganto, but Franklin Castellanos took the loose ball and sent it into the back of the net in the 28th minute to give Iona a 2-1 advantage.
The Greyhounds opened the second half looking to knot the score and created multiple scoring chances, including an opportunity in the 55th minute when junior Zach Tweddell found sophomore Diego McQuestion open on the left side of the goal. Tweddell played the ball to McQuestion, but McQuestion's shot sailed just over the top of the goal.
Loyola continued to pressure and finally broke through when Jones netted his second goal of the season in the 62nd minute. Jones headed a cross from Curran's free kick into the back of the net to tie the game at 2-2.
The Greyhounds' defense held Iona scoreless for over 64 minutes throughout the contest, but Michael Hogden redirected a corner from Maganto into the back of the net in the 82nd minute to give Iona a 3-2 advantage.
Loyola continued to generate shot attempts through the final 10 minutes of play, and even saw a header go just wide of the goal as the clock ticked down, but the Greyhounds could not find a way to force overtime.
Defensively, the Greyhounds held the Gaels to one corner kick and graduate senior Kyle Wittman stopped three shots in goal. Borja Barbero picked up two saves for Iona.
For the game, the Gaels held a 16-11 advantage in shots, while the Greyhounds earned a 5-1 edge in corners.
Loyola will return to action next weekend when it travels to Manhattan and Saint Peter's to continue MAAC play. The Greyhounds will face the Jaspers Friday at 7 p.m., before taking on the Peacocks Sunday at 1 p.m.