Oct. 14, 2007
Baltimore, Md. - Sophomore co-captain Tennant McVea scored his third game-winning goal of the season as Loyola edged visiting Iona, 1-0, at Diane Geppi-Aikens Field on Sunday afternoon. McVea scored the game's lone goal in the 73rd minute of play to lift Loyola to 11-2 overall and 4-0 in the MAAC.
The Greyhounds, who entered the match in a first-place tie with Iona atop the MAAC standings, played a tentative first-half of soccer, but not without chances. In the 24th minute, Loyola had an excellent scoring opportunity stymied when shots from Phil Bannister and Eddie Dines resulted in two good saves for Iona keeper Nils Binstock.
Meanwhile, Loyola keeper Milos Kocic continued his solid play this season with three saves on the day and another complete game shutout. Kocic and the Greyhound defense have five straight shutouts and eight for the season.
The game's only score came in the 73rd with senior Julian Cantillo and freshman Glen Leitch setting up McVea in the box. The sophomore co-captain scored it lower right to put Loyola on top.
"Glen popped it up and I kept it low," says McVea. "It was a very nice assist."
McVea looked to score again in the 84th when his shot caromed off Binstock and bounded off the crossbar. The deflection seemed to have crossed the line, but the officials ruled it a save to keep the margin at one.
The Greyhounds, who have seven one-goal victories this year, have already eclipsed last season's win total and with another victory can ensure their top regular season record since 2002 when they won 13 games. Loyola will play its final two regular season road contests next weekend at Manhattan and Saint Peter's.