Oct. 10, 2004
Fairfield, Conn. - Freshman Frank Spanos scored his first collegiate goal in the third minute of Loyola's men's soccer match at Fairfield on Sunday. The goal would be all the Greyhounds would really need in a 4-0 win over its Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference foe.
"I'm happy with our effort today," says Loyola Head Coach Mark Mettrick. "We played intelligently and worked very hard for this result."
The `Hounds remain perfect in the MAAC this season, winning all three of this year's conference games on the road. After earning a 2-1 overtime victory over Iona on Friday afternoon, Loyola came out on the offensive with a balanced attack.
Spanos scored at 2:10, becoming the ninth Loyola player to notch a goal this season. Sophomore Rade Kokovic sent a perfect corner that resulted in a loose ball in front of the cage. Spanos cleaned up, beating Fairfield goalkeeper Andrew Frankel for the early lead.
Despite the early score, Fairfield kept the game close and went into halftime with more corner kicks (3-2) and just as many shots at Loyola (3-3), even though the `Hounds led by a 1-0 margin.
Kokovic, who set up the first Greyhound goal, set the table with another corner kick in the game's 58th minute. Freshman Janson Blake headed a shot off the crossbar that bounced out and over to freshman Camilo Correa, who doubled the lead with his first career goal.
The Greyhounds would take a commanding lead in the 79th minute with a successful counterattack. Mark Donnelly, wide of the 18, beat his man and sent a cross to Vinnie Piscopo's head. Piscopo, from six yards out, bounced the ball past Frankel for his team-leading fourth goals of the season.
The Stags sealed their fate only 42 seconds later, when a defender deflected Correa's pass into Fairfield's net for an own goal and 4-nil Loyola victory.
"Fairfield is a very good side," says Loyola Head Coach Mark Mettrick. "This was a closer game than the score-line would suggest. We're happy to get the win and now focus on our next opponent."
Sophomore Justin Chelland got the start for Loyola in goal and played well in picking up his first shutout of the season. Chelland made eight saves and improves his starting mark to 1-0-1 this year.
Loyola is 5-4-1 overall and 3-0-0 in the MAAC. Fairfield falls to 4-4-2 overall, while dropping its second straight conference game, falling to 1-2 in the MAAC. The Greyhounds host St. Peter's at Alumnae Field this Friday at 4 p.m.