Oct. 10, 2008
Niagara University, N.Y. - Loyola sophomore midfield Daniel Ankrah scored the only goal of the game with 79 seconds remaining in regulation to keep the 12th-ranked Greyhounds unbeaten in 10 games this season and give the defending MAAC champions a successful start to the conference season with a 1-nil victory at Niagara Friday evening on Niagara Field.
The win extends Loyola's unbeaten streak to 18 games and gives the Greyhounds 18 wins against just one loss and one tie in their last 20 regular-season matches. Loyola has now beaten the Purple Eagles 17 of the 19 times the two have played.
"It was a well-contested game and both teams had their chances," Greyhounds ninth-year head coach Mark Mettrick said following the match. "We are very pleased to get an important win against a very good Niagara team."
Ranked first and third in the most recent NSCAA/adidas North Atlantic Region poll, both teams came out firing from the onset, combining for 38 shots with 18 of those being directed on net. Niagara (6-3-2, 0-1-0 MAAC) had the better shot total with 20, but it was Loyola (9-0-1, 1-0-0 MAAC) that placed a game-high 11 of their 18 on goal with Akrah's team-high fourth shot of the match finding the back of the net for the game-winner.
With regulation winding down and the match scoreless, Greyhounds junior forward Jamie Darvill sent a cross to the front of the Niagara net and Ankrah finished it with a sliding shot from the weak side in front of Purple Eagles goalkeeper John Fiutowski for the lone tally of the contest and his second score of the season. Loyola junior goalkeeper Milos Kocic posted his seventh shutout of the season and the seventh straight whitewashing of a MAAC opponent, dating back to last year. Both Kocic and Fiutowski made critical saves during the first half to keep the match scoreless until the 89th minute.
Loyola returns to action on Sunday for the second match of the weekend trip to Upstate New York when it visits Canisius for a 1 o'clock start.