Oct. 8, 2006
Niagara Falls, N.Y. - A controversial call with just over one minute left in regulation gave Niagara a penalty kick and eventually a 1-0 win over the Greyhounds on Sunday afternoon in upstate New York. Loyola, which dropped its first MAAC decision of the season, is now 2-1 in the league with four of its last six regular season matches at home.
The Greyhounds, who wrapped up a stretch of eight consecutive matches away from home, played a very even match with the Purple Eagles on Sunday. With eight of their 12 shots coming in the first half, Loyola had the better of the chances in the first 45 minutes.
Senior Rade Kokovic registered three shots-on-goal while no other player in the match had more than one. Both goalkeepers finished with five saves. Loyola's Justin Chelland had two in the first half and three in the final 25 minutes of play.
The match looked as if it was heading towards a 0-0 tie, and at the very least overtime. With 1:05 left in regulation, however, a questionable call on Chelland, who closed on the ball in front of the cage, gave Niagara a penalty kick. Rafael Venturini scored the PK, leaving the `Hounds brokenhearted.
The loss drops Loyola to 2-1 in the MAAC while Niagara remains unbeaten with a 3-0-1 mark in the conference this season. The Greyhounds, who have played all three of their league games on the road, finally return to Baltimore and play four of their final six regular season games at home.
Loyola hosts Siena this Friday at 5 p.m. and welcomes Marist for a 1 p.m. match on Sunday, October 15.