Oct. 7, 2015
BALTIMORE - Despite a career-high eight saves from Loyola University Maryland men's soccer goalkeeper Matt Sanchez, American University used a trio of second half goals to pull away from the Greyhounds, en route to a 3-0 victory at Ridley Athletic Complex Wednesday night.
Following back-to-back saves by Sanchez in the 13th minute, the Greyhounds had a chance to strike in the 20th minute when junior Brennan Goldsmith dribbled into the box. Goldsmith drew defenders before touching the back out to freshman Griffin Kutzner at the top of the box. American's Dylan Hobert was there to save Kutzner's right-footed blast though.
Loyola also had a chance to take the lead on a counter attack in the 43rd minute when junior Dylan Engel went one-on-one with the Eagles' defense. From the left wing, Engel sent a ball into the box, but an American defender got a foot on his cross to keep it from getting to freshman Brandon Levano.
After a scoreless first half, the Eagles struck in the 53rd minute after Sanchez saved Joe Iraola's 19-yard free kick. Sanchez was unable to control the ball and Chris Fanet put away the rebound from the endline.
American added to its lead in the 68th minute when Sanchez came off his line to break up a fast-break opportunity, but Vinny Barone beat him to the ball and poked a shot over his head from 20 yards out.
Within the next minute, the Eagles were able to find the back of the net again, when Iraola found Joel Hart on the left wing. Hart dribbled into the box and slipped an 8-yard shot past Sanchez.
The Greyhounds continued fighting, but junior Laurin Vogel's shot in the 69th minute went just wide of the goal, Goldsmith's attempt in the 71st minute was blocked and junior transfer Alex Ponvert's shot in the 79th minute went high.
Sanchez finished with a career-high eight saves in the loss.
Loyola will return to action on Saturday when it travels to Boston University for a 1 p.m., contest.