Oct. 30, 2013
BALTIMORE - Behind goals from sophomore Larry Ndjock and junior Connor Thompson, the Loyola University Maryland men’s soccer team earned its first-ever Patriot League victory Wednesday night; a 3-1 win over American University at Ridley Athletic Complex.
Ndjock notched the first goal of the game in the 25th minute when senior Diego McQuestion headed senior Zach Kane’s goal kick ahead to him. The Eagles tried to play the ball back to their goalkeeper, but Ndjock was able to beat the defenders and chip a shot from the top of the box over goalkeeper Billy Knutsen and into the back of the net for his ninth goal of the year.
Loyola had an opportunity to take a 2-0 advantage into the locker room when senior Stephen Dooley played free kick into the box. Freshman Ryan Tuck was able to get a head on the ball but, despite beating Knutsen, Jacob Garcia was there to save the ball off the back line for the Eagles.
American found its equalizer shortly after the break when Stephen Hauschild played a set piece to Conor Osborne on the left wing. Osborne sent the ball into the box, where a sliding Dale Ludwig slipped a shot from about five yards out past a diving Zach Kane for the score in the 52nd minute.
The Greyhounds had a quick answer though, when Ndjock was able to draw a foul in the box. His penalty kick in the 53rd minute marked his 10th goal of the year, making him the first Greyhound to record double-digit scores in consecutive seasons since Jamie Darvill did so in 2008 (14 goals) and 2009 (10 goals).
Loyola tacked on an insurance goal in the 72nd minute when Thompson buried a rebounded shot into the back of the net. Dooley played a ball down the right wing before crossing it to Ndjock in the box. Cristobal Soto blocked Ndjock’s initial attempt, but the rebound went to Thompson, who fired a quick shot from five yards out into the back of the net for his third goal of the year.
The win snapped an eight-game winless streak for the Greyhounds and improved them to 6-7-2 this season and 1-5-1 in conference play. With the loss, American falls to 4-7-5 overall and 2-3-2 in the Patriot League.
Loyola will look to carry the momentum into its game at Navy on Saturday. The Midshipmen enter the contest at the top of the league standings with an unblemished 7-0-0 record in conference play. Game time is slated for 7 p.m.