Oct. 2, 2013
HARRISONBURG, Va. - The Loyola University Maryland men’s soccer team concluded its non-conference schedule with a 3-0 loss to James Madison at University Park Wednesday night.
The game’s first goal came in the 30th minute when Josh Grant toe-touched a set piece to Daniel Roppert just outside the top left corner of the box. Roppert proceeded to send the ball through the Greyhounds’ wall, and past a diving Zach Kane, straight into the bottom right corner of the goal.
The Greyhounds (5-3-1, 0-1-0 Patriot League) had an opportunity to find their equalizer in the 32nd minute when junior Connor Thompson sent two-consecutive corner kicks into the box. Senior Jamie Libby was able to get ahold of the second attempt, but his header from the center of the box went just over the crossbar.
Loyola continued to pressure early in the second half, creating six shot opportunities in the opening eight minutes, but the Dukes (4-3-1, 0-0-0 CAA) took advantage of a broken play in the 61st minute, giving them a 2-0 advantage.
Shortly after that, senior Diego McQuestion had a left-footed blast from 20 yards out look to be good, but it bent right at the last second, missing its mark.
On JMU’s fast-break rebuttal, Jonathan Barden played a through ball to Tom Fouhy, who fired a shot off from inside the right side of the box. Kane came out to make the diving save, but the rebound went to the left side, where Steven Mashinski was able to beat the Greyhounds to the ball for the goal in the 61st minute.
In the 65th minute, sophomore Larry Ndjock settled a ball on the left side and turned to line the shot up, but JMU’s goalkeeper Bill Groben was there for the save.
James Madison’s third goal was a give-and-go situation in the 71st minute where Michael Russo passed out to Grant on the right wing. Grant crossed the ball back to Russo from just inside the box, where he redirected it past Kane and into the left side of the goal.
Kane played all 90 minutes in goal for Loyola and concluded the game with a career-high eight saves.
Loyola will look to get back to its winning ways in conference play this weekend as the Greyhounds head to Colgate for a 7 p.m., contest on Saturday.