BOSTON - A. Mickey Watson scored his first collegiate goal in the 48th minute to stake Loyola University Maryland to a 1-0 lead Saturday at Boston University, but the Terriers responded with two goals to defeat the Greyhounds, 2-1, in Patriot League action.
Watson’s goal came after a Laurin Vogel free kick from inside 28 yards. Vogel put the ball on Watson’s head inside the six, but Watson’s initial touch popped straight in the air. As it came down, however, he pushed it across the line to give Loyola a lead early in the second half.
The lead would last just 14 minutes until Richie Robinson took a pass form Adam Wright to score on a bending 15-yard shot at 62:14.
That strike tied the game at 1-1, and Boston University (8-2-1 overall, 3-0-1 Patriot League) scored 11 minutes later to take the lead. Nicki Wieners wove clear of traffic at the top of the 18 and sent a left-footed shot inside the far post at 73:41 providing what would be the final difference.
The Greyhound’s had two excellent chances to equalize the score after Wieners’ goal, but Boston University goalkeeper Matt Gilbert saved both.
In the 77th minute, a through ball was played through to the feed of Xander Saling who was one-on-one with Gilbert. The Terriers’ keeper came off his line to play Saling near the top of the box, and he knocked away the Greyhounds’ shot attempt.
The rebound played out to Brandon Levano for a one-timer, but his shot sailed high.
Loyola (1-8-2, 0-3-1) earned a corner kick in the 84th minute that Laurin Vogel played to the head of Watson near the far post. Watson put a header on goal, but Gilbert made a diving stop to preserve the 2-1 score.
In the 89th minute, Vogel crossed a ball to the top of the six from the right side that fell to the turn between two Boston University defenders. The Greyhounds nearly got a foot on the ball for a shot, but the Terriers swept it away from harm. Antony Sare then had a shot from more than 25 yards, but it went wide and right.
Boston University narrowly outshot the Greyhounds, 17-15, and the Terriers had a 12-10 shot advantage in the second half. Gilbert made six saves for Boston University, and Matt Sanchez had four for Loyola.
The Greyhounds continue Patriot League action next Saturday, Oct. 17, when they travel to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, for a 7 p.m. game at Lehigh University.