Oct. 15, 2011
BALTIMORE - Sophomore Geaton Caltabiano scored an early goal and the Loyola University Maryland men's soccer team held on to defeat Rider, 1-0, Saturday evening in a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference contest played at Ridley Athletic Complex.
With the win, the Greyhounds improve to 8-4-1 this season and 3-2 in MAAC play, while Rider falls to 3-9-1 on the season and 2-3 in the league. At home, Loyola has posted a 6-2 record this year.
The Greyhounds took an early 1-0 lead in the game when Caltabiano fired his fifth goal of the season into the net in the 15th minute. Sophomore Stephen Dooley played the corner kick to a slew of players in front of the goal. Junior Hector Arellano then knocked the ball free from the group of defenders to Caltabiano, who fired a shot into the top left corner for the game's first goal.
The rest of the half remained scoreless and the Greyhounds saw their best scoring opportunity of the second half overturned in the 65th minute. Sophomore Vegard Vinje headed Dooley's corner kick into the back of the net, but a foul erased the goal, keeping the second half scoreless.
Graduate senior goalkeeper Kyle Wittman then made a critical save in the 87th minute to preserve the shutout, earning his third-straight blank sheet. Wittman now has seven shutouts this season and 22 throughout his career.
Throughout the game, the Broncs earned an 11-6 advantage in shots, while the Greyhounds held a 3-1 lead in corner kicks. Wittman finished with three saves in goal.
In addition, the game was Loyola's men's soccer alumni reunion. At halftime, Loyola honored the 2001 squad that strung together a 19-game unbeaten streak and finished the year with a 17-2-2 record. The Greyhounds finished the season 9-0 in the MAAC and won the MAAC Championship, earning the automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, where they advanced to the Round of 16 before bowing out to No. 2 Saint Louis.
"We had a great alumni turnout tonight and we were able to honor our 2001 squad at halftime," head coach Mark Mettrick said. "That was a special team and a special group of guys, it was really good to see everyone together again."
Loyola will return to action next weekend when it closes out its home schedule hosting Canisius and Niagara. The Greyhounds will face the Golden Griffs Friday at 7 p.m., before taking on the Purple Eagles Sunday at 1 p.m. Prior to its game against Niagara, Loyola will honors its two seniors; Wade McHugh and Kyle Wittman.