Oct. 13, 2006
Baltimore, Md. - Omar Alfonso scored a goal and added an assist as Loyola rolled to a 3-nil victory over Siena on Friday afternoon at Diane Geppi-Aikens Field. The win improves Loyola's record in the conference to 3-1 this season and gives the Greyhounds their third shutout of the year.
Loyola took control of the game early and pressured the Saints into an own goal in the third minute when a defender who registered a team save on senior Buster Wiand's shot errantly cleared the ball into the back of his own net.
Alfonso doubled the Greyhound lead in the seventh minute when freshman Jamie Darvill sent a beautiful cross into the box. A wide-open Alfonso headed the ball home for this sixth goal of the season and fourth goal in his last four games.
"As a forward sometimes you feel like every shot is going to be a goal," says Alfonso. `Sometimes it works the opposite way and you cannot buy a goal - it's all about confidence and right now things are going well."
Alfonso, who has found his offensive stride this MAAC season, picked up his team-leading sixth goal of the year in the 21st minute when he started a play outside the box. Beating a defender, he sent a through-ball to Josh Taylor, who tapped it to Darvill. The freshman forward lobbed the ball over the head of Siena keeper Patrick Henry and the `Hounds held a commanding 3-0 lead.
The Greyhounds not only held a three-goal lead at the half, but also held an 11-2 shot advantage. Senior goalkeeper Justin Chelland made two saves on those two shots and would not be challenged the rest of the game. The Greyhound defense kept Siena without a shot over the final 45 minutes to give the keeper his third shutout in his last five starts.
The offensive, meanwhile, kept the pressure on Siena's defense and nearly put in the game's fourth goal when Alfonso found himself one-on-one with Henry in the 47th minute. The Saint keeper made a good save and finished the game with five saves in 75:48 minutes played.
Alfonso now has six goals and six assists for 18 points this season while Darvill has five goals and one assist for the Greyhounds. Loyola has now won three of its last four and four of its last six matches heading into its final five regular season games.
The Greyhounds host Marist on Sunday at Diane Geppi-Aikens Field. That match is slated for a 1 p.m. start.