Oct. 19, 2008
Baltimore, Md. - Loyola pounced quickly Sunday with a Tennant McVea goal in the fourth minute and used two strikes from sophomore Daniel Ankrah to spell Siena, 3-1, at Diane Geppi-Aikens Field in MAAC play to remain undefeated.
The Greyhounds (12-0-1, 4-0-0 MAAC) extend their unbeaten streak to 21 games with the win and have now gone 21-1-1 in their last 23 matches.
In a battle of two MAAC unbeatens, Loyola came out the aggressor, looking early to push the pace. McVea got his team on the board at the 3:07 mark as Wade McHugh played a ball to Steven Bantock on the right-side of the box who found McVea at the top of the box. The junior defender beat the keeper with a shot to the right side of the frame to give Loyola the 1-nil advantage.
In the fifth minute, McHugh nearly scored his first goal of the season, but his header off a cross skipped off the turf and bounced just over the crossbar.
Ankrah doubled Loyola's lead at the 23:03 mark on a beautiful assist from sophomore Phil Bannister. After a ball was played into him in traffic outside of 30 yards, Bannister made a back-heeled flick to a streaking Ankrah on the left side of the field. Ankrah then ripped a gorgeous near-post screamer that beat the keeper for the 2-nil lead.
In the 32nd minute, Siena keeper Steve Skonieczny made an excellent save to stop junior Jamie Darvill's near-post effort.
McVea made a couple of nice individual defensive plays later on in the half to halt the Siena (5-6-1, 3-1-0 MAAC) attack. In the 15th minute, he made a nice slide tackle to prevent a breakaway, and in the 29th minute he deflected a shot right in front of the mouth of the goal.
Loyola took a 2-nil lead into halftime, and Ankrah extended his team's lead at the 60:05 mark for his second goal of the match. Standing near the top of the box, Ankrah made a nice individual move by beating his man to the right side and striking a gorgeous shot far-post for his fourth goal of the season.
The Saints scored at the 76:48 mark on a Loyola foul in the box. Mike DeSimone converted the opportunity with a high shot that beat a diving Milos Kocic.
Kocic made a great save at the 83rd minute on a point-blank effort by Siena striker Matt Turcio.
The Greyhounds return to action Friday when they travel to Iona. Game time is scheduled for 3 p.m.