Stingy Defense, Heady Play Give Men's Soccer 2-Nil Win Over Fairfield

Oct. 12, 2007

Box Score

Baltimore, Md. - Sophomore Jamie Darvill and freshman Phil Bannister each scored a goal while the Greyhound defense registered its fourth consecutive shutout in Loyola's 2-nil victory over MAAC rival Fairfield at Diane Geppi-Aikens Field on Friday afternoon. With the win, Loyola improves to 10-2 overall and 3-0 in the conference.

"We worked hard for this win," said Darvill after the match. "Fairfield beat us in the MAAC tournament last year and they have a good side. This was a big win."

The Stags were named preseason MAAC favorites ahead of Loyola and entered the match with a 1-0-1 conference record. The first half of play slightly favored Fairfield's style, although Loyola had the best scoring opportunity when freshman Daniel Ankrah dribbled into the box and footed a touch pass to senior Julian Cantillo, who missed the goal by inches to the left.

The second half, however, was immediately shifted in Loyola's favor when in the 49th minute a pass from senior Janson Blake was headed home by an overpowering Darvill. The Loyola sophomore met Fairfield keeper Matt Cleveland about six yard from the goal, and as the two approached the Blake cross, Darvill's header directed the ball out of Cleveland's hands and into the empty net.

The Greyhounds assumed the momentum and would keep Fairfield on its heels. Loyola outshot the Stags 8-0 in the second half and in the 86th minute picked up some insurance. A long boot from sophomore goalkeeper Milos Kocic was place perfectly in the Fairfield box where Bannister headed home his team-leading eighth goal of the season.

Kocic, who picked up the assist on the play, ended the game with two saves and his seventh shutout of the season. In all the Greyhound defense has allowed seven goals in 12 games and zero in MAAC play.

"The defense is playing great," says Kocic. "Josh Taylor and Tennant McVea and all the guys in front of me deserve the shutouts because I'm barely touching the ball."

Loyola, a team receiving votes in the NSCAA National Rankings, will host Iona at Diane Geppi-Aikens Field on Sunday at 1 p.m.