Oct. 29, 2006
Baltimore, Md. - Saint Peter's claimed a 1-nil victory over Loyola's men's soccer team on Sunday afternoon at Diane Geppi-Aikens Field in the regular season finale for both squads.
The Greyhounds, who already clinched a MAAC playoff berth, were playing for a possible No. 1 seed in next weekend's conference tournament while Saint Peter's was playing for its playoff life in the televised (CN8) regular season finale.
An even-played match was not without chances for the Greyhounds, who nearly scored on a nice give-and-go between senior Omar Alfonso and Jamie Darvill in the 10th minute. Later, senior captain Danny Wheelan sent a though ball to Alfonso who had a one-on-one opportunity with Peacock keeper Matthew Lawler. The goalkeeper, however, charged the play and cleared before Alfonso could control.
A scoreless first half was also the result of good goalkeeping play from senior Justin Chelland, who finished the game with six saves - the most spectacular coming in the 63rd minute when the keeper fully extended to make a diving save on Juan Gavaria's shot.
The Peacocks, however, took the lead on Kevin Hudson's header in the 81st and held on for the playoff-clinching win. With the victory, Saint Peter's joins Loyola, Fairfield and Niagara at the MAAC Championship tournament in Fairfield, Conn.
The Greyhounds close the regular season with an overall record of 7-10-1 and a conference mark of 6-3. Seniors honored before the game include Alfonso, Julian Cantillo, Chelland, Rade Kokovic, Michael Kolosvary, Gabriel Ortega, Wheelan and Buster Wiand.
The 1976 NCAA Championship team was honored at halftime. The Greyhounds' NCAA soccer title is still the only national championship won at Evergreen.