Oct. 28, 2005
Jersey City, N.J. - Senior Vinnie Piscopo scored 23 second into double-overtime to give Loyola a 2-1 win over Saint Peter's on Friday afternoon. With the win, the Greyhounds improve to 5-2 in the conference with two regular season games remaining on the schedule.
Piscopo, who scored his second game-winner of the year, also added to his team-leading goal total this season. Taking a pass from senior Nate Lyden, Piscopo was able to beat Peacock keeper Pat Nagawiecki with a bullet to the back of the net.
The Greyhounds were also able to extend head coach Mark Mettrick's remarkable overtime streak at Loyola. Since his arrival at Evergreen, Mettrick has never lost an overtime match in 30 overtime games.
In order to get to the extra session, however, a rally was needed. Saint Peter's, which is now 2-2-2 in the MAAC, got the game's first break with Juan Gavaria's penalty kick in the 28th minute. Gavaria was successful and the Peacocks took the early lead.
It wouldn't take long, however, for sophomore Camilo Correa to respond. With Rade Kokovic picking up his team-high sixth assist of the season, Correa knotted the game at 1-1in the 41st minute, setting up a very tight second half.
A scoreless second stanza was not without opportunities.
"We had three great scoring chances in the second half," says Mettrick. "Although we came up short in regulation, we really did play well and I'm very pleased with today's result."
Loyola keeper Justin Chelland played a strong game in goal, finishing with five saves, three of which came in the second half and one in overtime. Piscopo's goal was his sixth this season and sixth career game-winner.
The Greyhounds are now 7-8-1 overall and head to Manhattan for a Sunday morning match. The `Hounds and Jaspers will kick off at 10 a.m. this Sunday at Gaelic Park.