Oct. 17, 2008
Baltimore, Md. - Sophomore striker Phil Bannister found the net twice and added an assist as eight-ranked Loyola remained undefeated with a 4-1 MAAC victory Friday over Marist at Diane Geppi-Aikens Field.
The Greyhounds (11-0-1, 3-0 MAAC) ran off three unanswered goals in the second half to put the contest away. With the win, Loyola improves to 20-1-1 in its last 22 regular-season matchups, and pushes its unbeaten streak to 20 games.
Loyola looked to push the pace of play early in the match, but Marist packed many of its defenders back, limiting the Greyhounds' attack. Loyola had a couple of good scoring opportunities that were omitted by offsides.
The Greyhounds struck first at the 14:36 mark on a beautiful put-away. Sophomore defender Steven Bantock took the ball down the right side of the field and crossed it to the middle of the 18-yard box. The cross found the head of sophomore Glenn Leitch, who buried the ball into the right panel of the goal to put Loyola on the board, 1-0.
Loyola had a couple of other good opportunities the rest of the way to double its lead, none better than a half-volley shot by Bannister at the top of the box that was blocked by a fully-extended Scott Kessler of Marist at the 32:58 mark.
Down 1-nil going into halftime, the Red Foxes (3-7-2, 0-2-1 MAAC) quickly drew even. Just 49 seconds into the second, Tim Garger's cross found Joe Touloumis for the tying goal. The goal marked the first score allowed in a conference matchup by Loyola in the last 775:54.
The Greyhounds though, again regained the lead on a brilliant head goal. At the 59:28 mark, Leitch took the ball down the right side of the pitch, and crossed a lofting ball to Bannister at the left side of the 6-yard box, who buried the ball into the left side of the frame past the keeper.
Junior forward Jamie Darvill put up Loyola up, 3-1, in the 72nd minute. After freshman Ben Hanson flicked a header to space, Bannister found the ball and crossed it to an open Darvill for the putaway.
The Greyhounds rounded out the scoring in the 88th minute. Joey Dussault played a near-post cross from the left side of the endline to Bannister, who buried the opportunity from outside of the 18-yard box for his fifth point of the match.
Despite the goal, the Greyhounds' defense held Marist to just four shots on goal and Loyola junior Milos Kocic registered three saves in posting his 10th win of the season.
Loyola will be back in action Sunday at home vs. Siena. Game time is scheduled for 1 p.m.