Oct. 15, 2006
Baltimore, Md. - Senior Rade Kokovic provided the offense with a goal in the 36th minute and the defense did the rest in Loyola's 1-nil victory over Marist on Sunday afternoon at Diane Geppi-Aikens Field. The shutout is Loyola's second straight and improves their conference record to 4-1 this season.
Picking up six critical points in the MAAC standings, Loyola completed the weekend sweep of MAAC foes with Sunday's well-rounded performance. Senior goalkeeper Justin Chelland made six saves en route to his fourth shutout of the year and third shutout in MAAC play.
"I think the defense has really stepped up," says Chelland. "It's really easy to pick up shutouts when the guys in front are playing this well."
The Greyhounds, coming off a 3-0 win over Niagara on Friday afternoon, were looking to score early and almost connected when Omar Alfonso sent a sweet through-ball to freshman Jamie Darvill in the fourth minute. Darvill had a good look, but grazed the far post.
The two forwards nearly connected on a similar play in the 23rd minute with Darvill's shot just missing left. Finally in the 36th, a counterattack started by Darvill ended with Kokovic shooting a low-liner into the left corner for his second goal of the season.
The Greyhounds, who registered 14 shots on the day, had several scoring opportunities in the second half, namely Alfonso and Darvill. Alfonso took a penalty kick in the 54th after senior captain Danny Wheelan was pulled down in the box, but Marist keeper Marcelo del Rio guessed right and made the save. Darvill also had a point-blank shot at del Rio which was saved.
With the shutout, Chelland improves his goals-against average to 1.47 this season while his save percentage stands at .783.
Loyola improves its overall record to 5-8-1 and has four wins in its last fives games. The Greyhounds return to the road next weekend, taking on Fairfield and Iona on Friday and Sunday.