Oct. 4, 2008
Baltimore, Md. - Greyhounds freshman forward Mark Jaskolski scored the game-winner with 31 seconds remaining in the match to thwart a furious Quinnipiac comeback and lead No. 16 Loyola to a 5-4 non-conference victory over the Bobcats Saturday afternoon on Diane Geppi-Aikens Field. The contest was the 1,000th match played in the 66-year history of Loyola men's soccer and the College acknowledged the milestone by recognizing the undefeated 1971 team at halftime.
The Greyhounds (8-0-1) built a 4-1 advantage behind a pair of goals from junior forward Jamie Darvill before the Bobcats (5-2-2) mounted their comeback, scoring three goals in the final 15:15 of the match to knot the score at 4-4 to set up Jaskolski's heroics.
Following a Quinnipiac foul placed on Loyola sophomore forward Phil Bannister, the Greyhounds were awarded a free kick from just outside the 18-yard box with 35 seconds left on the clock. Darvill executed the kick, placing a shot on net that was stopped by Bobcats goalkeeper Frederick Hall. The rebound came free in front of the goal where Jaskolski spun and ripped a shot into the lower left side of the empty net for the game-winner.
Loyola came out from the onset with pressure and had two goals wiped away by offsides calls in the first 16 minutes of the match. Darvill finally opened the scoring 18:12 into the contest when he collected in a ball from sophomore back Charlie Hutton and drilled a shot past Hall and into the right side of the net for his fifth tally of the season and a 1-0 Greyhounds lead.
Seven-and-a-half minutes later Loyola advanced the advantage to 2-0 when sophomore midfielder Glenn Leitch controlled the ball to sophomore midfielder Eddie Dines, who scored from 18 yards out for his third goal of the season.
Quinnipiac battled back to close within one at the 29:05 mark of the first half when senior Graciano Brito notched his eighth goal of the season with an unassisted score, carrying the ball to the top of the box and past a Loyola defender and just over the reach of junior goalkeeper Milos Kocic. The teams went into halftime with a 2-1 Loyola lead although the Bobcats led in shots, 7-6.
Loyola's forwards added the two goals to build the 4-1 Greyhounds advantage with the first two scores of the second half. Darvill's sixth goal of the season came off a Bannister pass and Bannister recorded his own goal, the fourth of the season for him when he spun on a defender and shot the ball into the lower right corner following a lead pass from sophomore midfielder Wade McHugh.
An own goal following a Greyhounds mishap of a Quinnipiac corner kick made the score 4-2 with 15:15 remaining and started the Bobcats comeback. Brito tallied goal nine of the campaign 4:05 later to close within one at 4-3 when he raced up the right side of the Greyhounds defense and snuck the ball past Kocic and into the right side of the goal. When Quinnipiac's Durval Pereira headed the ball into the right side of the net for his third goal of the year, the score was tied 4-4 with 65 seconds remaining in regulation.
Jaskolski, who played just 30 seconds in the first half and entered the second half with less than five minutes left in the match, put himself in the right place at the right time to keep Loyola unbeaten in its last 17 contests and unbeaten in 16 straight at Geppi-Aikens Field. His first college goal made the historic day a victorious one as the Greyhounds improved to 621-294-85 all-time (.664).
With non-conference play concluded, Loyola opens defense of its MAAC Championship with its bi-annual trek to Buffalo, visiting Niagara on Friday and Canisius on Sunday. The Greyhounds open the home portion of their MAAC schedule when they host Marist on October 17 at 4:30 p.m.