No. 12 Men's Soccer Blanks Canisius 5-0 To Remain Unbeaten

Oct. 12, 2008


Buffalo, N.Y., - Sophomore striker Phil Bannister scored two second-half goals and sophomore midfielder Wade McHugh dished out three assists as the 12th-ranked Loyola men's soccer team cruised to a 5-nil Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference victory on Sunday over Canisius at the Demske Sports Complex to remain unbeaten in 11 games this season.

Loyola (10-0-1, 2-0-0 MAAC) pushed its unbeaten streak to 19 games and the win gives the team a 19-1-1 record in its last 21 regular-season matchups. With the victory, the Greyhounds also extended their record to 19-1-0 all-time vs. Canisius.

After needing 89-plus minutes to get on the board in a 1-0 win over Niagara on Friday, Loyola jumped out of the gates quickly versus Canisius (5-7-1, 1-1-0 MAAC).

Sophomore back Glenn Leitch struck first at the 3:41 mark. Positioned near the top of the box, Leitch took a ball from Bannister and chipped a lob over the Canisius keeper to give Loyola an early 1-0 lead.

The Greyhounds doubled their lead just seven minutes later as midfielder Mike Deasel found the net from right outside the box off of a Charlie Hutton corner kick.

The Golden Griffins kept the deficit to two goals going into halftime, but the Greyhounds exploded with three goals in the second half.

Bannister put the game away with two consecutive Loyola tallies for his fifth and sixth goals of the season. Just three minutes into the second half, he scored a goal off assists from junior forward Jamie Darvill and McHugh to put Loyola up 3-0.

Bannister struck again for Loyola at the 64:10 mark. McHugh played a beautiful cross to the 11-yard mark to a streaking Bannister who beat the keeper 5-hole for a 4-nil Greyhounds lead.

Loyola rounded out the offensive onslaught just two minutes later, as Darvill knocked in another McHugh cross. McHugh's three assists were a career-high. The Greyhounds outshot the Griffs, 12-9, with eight of their shots being on frame. All six of Loyola's goals were assisted, showing the team's unselfish play.

Loyola returns to Diane Geppi-Aikens Field on Friday to take on Marist at 4:30 p.m. in their first conference home game of the season. They will follow up on Sunday against Siena at 1 p.m.