Oct. 7, 2012
BUFFALO, N.Y. - Behind a goal from senior back Gerwyn Jones in the 41st minute, the Loyola University Maryland men’s soccer team earned its first Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference victory of the season Sunday with a 1-0 win at Canisius.
Canisius’s A.C. La Flore was issued a yellow card, setting up a free kick for the Greyhounds (6-5-1, 1-1-0 MAAC), which senior Kevin Curran played to Jones for the game’s lone goal. Curran played the ball into the box and Jones redirected it to the right side of the goal.
Loyola’s defense came up big in the 27th minute, as junior goalkeeper Thurman Van Riper saved Denver Spearman’s shot. The Greyhounds’ defense then block Regan Steele’s shot on the rebound and Will Hudson’s shot on Steele’s corner kick to preserve the shutout.
It was then in the 41st minute that the Greyhounds broke through with Jones’ first goal of the season, giving Loyola a 1-0 halftime advantage.
The Griffs (7-3-2, 0-2-0) continued to pressure in the second half, outshooting the Greyhounds 13-5 in the 45 minutes, but Van Riper came up with three saves to preserve the shutout, his fourth of the season, and finish the game with his MAAC-best seven save.
For the game, Canisius had a 24-10 advantage in shots, but the Greyhounds’ defense stepped up as Van Riper made seven saves, compared to Ryan Arvin’s one save.
Loyola will return to Ridley Athletic Complex on Friday to host a game against Marist at 7 p.m.. The Greyhounds will also play Siena on Sunday at 1 p.m.