Oct. 23, 2005
Baltimore, Md. - Fairfield scored off a set play in the 60th minute of action and held on to defeat Loyola 1-0 at Diane Geppi-Aikens Field on Sunday afternoon. The Greyhounds, who threatened throughout the second half, could not push across the equalizer and dropped their second conference match of the season.
"Both sides played a very tentative first half," says Loyola Head Coach Mark Mettrick. "Fairfield is a tough defense to figure out and although we had our chances, we lacked a quality play."
Playing live on Comcast's CN8, the sides battled to a scoreless first half. It wasn't until Fairfield's Sam Bailey headed in the go-ahead goal at 60:14 that the game opened up.
Sophomore Frank Spanos nearly tied the game in the 62nd minute, heading the ball at keeper Andrew Frankel's feet. Frankel, who had four saves on the day, made the save, but did little to stymie the Loyola momentum.
Spanos and sophomore Ray Hassett missed on a give-and-go minutes later and senior John Dalziel just missed left with this bullet from 20-yards out in the 68th minute. The Greyhounds continued to rack up the shots, finishing the game with 12 to Fairfield's five.
Senior Vinnie Piscopo, who entered the match with a team-high five goals this season, had a pair of scoring opportunities as the clock wound down, missing a header left in the 83rd minute and narrowly missing a quick turnaround shot from 10-yards out with 50 seconds left in regulation.
With the loss, the Greyhounds are now 6-8-1 overall and 4-2 in the MAAC. Loyola will be on the road next weekend, traveling to Saint Peter's for a Friday afternoon match and to Manhattan for a Sunday matinee.