`Hounds Blank Canisius In Men's Soccer Action

Oct. 9, 2005

Box Score

Baltimore, Md. - Seniors Vinnie Piscopo and Mark Donnelly each scored second-half goals and the Loyola defense shut down Canisius in Sunday's 2-0 victory over the Golden Griffins. The Greyhounds, who improve to 2-0 in the MAAC, dominated the stat sheet en route to their third straight win this season.

Taking 26 shots compared to one for Canisius, the Greyhounds had plenty of scoring chances throughout the 90-minute match. Controlling the ball in its offensive zone, junior Rade Kokovic hit the post in the 27th minute, inciting a Loyola barrage on the Canisius goal.

Kokovic would stroke a perfect corner to Piscopo's right foot in the 30th minute, but the ball sailed left of the cage and the Griffins recovered. Piscopo countered with a bullet from 30 yards out in the 42nd minute, but a save from Canisius keeper Matt Houghton kept the game scoreless at intermission.

"It was frustrating," says Piscopo in reference to his near misses. "But I knew if we kept attacking, eventually we would score."

Piscopo, who finished the game with nine shots himself, would see the Greyhounds inch closer to scoring with each attempt in the second half. After a nice save on sophomore Camilo Correa's rising line drive in the 53rd minute, Piscopo missed high off a counterattack in the 59th minute of play.

The Greyhounds, however, continued to attack the goal with regularity. Donnelly took a header that hit off the crossbar, sophomore Ray Hassett had an open look and curved his shot left and Piscopo missed right with his header before the `Hounds finally broke through in the 80th minute.

Getting an assist from Correa, Piscopo's header found the back of the net, giving the senior his team-leading third goal of the season.

"Getting that first goal was huge," says Piscopo. "But we knew that Canisius was a counterattack team and knew that the game was far from over."

A breakaway goal from Donnelly nine minutes later; however, gave the Greyhounds a two-goal cushion and with a 9-1 corner kick advantage and gaping shot differential, Loyola held its ground to pick up its fourth win of the year.

Houghton finished with seven saves from Canisius, Justin Chelland has one save in picking up his first shutout of the season. The Greyhounds, who are 4-6-1 overall, are 2-0 in the MAAC and travel to Marist and Siena next Friday and Sunday.