Oct. 30, 2005
Riverdale, N.Y. - Sophomore Ray Hassett scored his fifth goal of the season and junior goalkeeper Justin Chelland made seven saves as Loyola earned a 1-1 tie at Manhattan on Sunday afternoon. With the draw, the Greyhounds clinch a spot in the 2005 MAAC Tournament, moving their conference mark to 5-2-1.
Coming off a huge double-overtime win at Saint Peter's on Friday, the Greyhounds were quickly able to gain an advantage on Manhattan, scoring off their first opportunity of the day. Five minutes into the match, Hassett went up for junior Rade Kokovic's corner kick and had the ball settle at his feet. He calmly stroked it past Jasper keeper David Mires for the lead.
The goal was Hasset's fourth in Loyola's last six games, putting him only one goal shy of the team lead. Senior Vinnie Piscopo, who scored Friday's game-winner at Saint Peter's, leads the team with six goals on the year.
The one-goal lead looked as if it would hold up, but with 8:23 left in regulation, Manhattan countered with Javier Escobedo's fourth goal of the season.
"I was disappointed that we conceded the tying goal with less than 10 minutes left in regulation," says Loyola Head Coach Mark Mettrick. "But Manhattan is a very difficult place to play and we came away with a critical point."
Both sides played two overtimes on Friday with Manhattan playing Rider to a 0-0 draw. The Greyhounds, who had never lost an overtime match in Coach Mettrick's six seasons at the helm, were the aggressors and nearly ended the game with what looked to be a goal in the first extra session. The goal was waved off, however, with the referee whistling the Greyhounds with a handball prior to the score.
Loyola, which closes the regular season at home on Saturday, now has 16 points in conference play. By virtue of tie-breakers, the Greyhounds clinch a playoff spot for the 17th consecutive season - every year they've been part of the MAAC.
The Greyhounds' home finale is against Rider this Saturday at 1 p.m. The MAAC Tournament will take place November 11 and 13 at Fairfield, Conn.