Oct. 10, 2009
BALTIMORE - Jamie Darvill scored in the matches second minute, then added two more in the second half for the second hat trick of his career, and the Loyola men's soccer team defeated visiting Rider, 3-0, in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference opener for both teams on Saturday afternoon.
Darvill, who also had a hat trick last November versus Manhattan, doubled his season total to a team-leading six goals.
The senior forward put Loyola on the board in the match's second minute. A Rider (3-6-0 overall, 0-1-0 MAAC) gave the Greyhounds (4-6-1, 1-0-0) a free kick from approximately 40 yards out on the left wing. Darvill lofted a high shot that swung from right-to-left and over the head of Broncs goalkeeper Chris Pimentel.
"The wind kind of took it and pushed it further than I wanted, but it turned out good," Darvill said. "It was great to get ahead early."
Darvill's goal was the only for either team in the first half, but he would strike again early in the second.
After a Rider attack resulted in a Greyhounds' goal kick, Loyola goalkeeper Kyle Wittman struck the ball into the Greyhounds' offensive zone.
Phil Bannister settled the ball out of the air and flicked a pass to Darvill just outside the 18.
Darvill drove on Pimentel and scored in the 47th minute into the goals' lower left corner.
Darvill nearly completed the hat trick less than five minutes later, but his blast from the left side of the six was diverted by Pimentel.
The Broncs countered in the next several minutes, as Brenden Noesges had a shot saved by Wittman in the 61st minute, and Billy Voutsinas had one blocked by the Loyola defense in the 63rd. Ryan Fitzgerald had the rebound on Voutsinas' shot, but his attempt from the near right wing was wide left.
Darvill broke through again in the 64th, as Bannister slipped another pass to him, leading Darvill past his defender. His shot from 10 yards out went into the center of the goal.
His three goals against Rider bring Darvill's career total to 32, tied for 13th all-time at Loyola with Christof Lindenmayer. Darvill also has 86 career points, two more than Lindenmayer and six back of Chris Webbert for 11th all-time at the school.
"It was good for us to get some goals and pick up an important three points to start the MAAC season," Head Coach Mark Mettrick said. "We've had our difficulties lately, and it was nice for some of bounces to go our way."
Loyola's defense held off Rider from any dangerous changes. The Greyhounds outshot the Broncs, 16-9, and Wittman finished with five saves for Loyola. Pimentel and Matt Perrella combined to make eight for the Broncs.
The clean sheet was Wittman's fourth of the season.
The Greyhounds continue MAAC play at home next weekend when they host Niagara at 5 p.m. on Friday, October 16, and Canisius, Sunday, October 18, at 1 p.m.