Nov. 2, 2006
Fairfield, Conn. - A two-goal first half deficit proved too much to overcome for the Greyhounds at the MAAC Championships on Thursday night in Fairfield, Conn. Playing the top-seeded Stags on their own pitch, Loyola's season came to an end with a 3-0 loss in the conference semifinals.
An even-played first half saw limited opportunities for both sides as the squads eased their postseason jitters. Loyola had the first opportunity, but failed to convert when senior Rade Kokovic's service into the box missed the foot of freshman Jamie Darvill, who was charging the goal in only the second minute of action.
Loyola's best opportunity of the half, however, came in the 37th minute when Darvill directed a header off the crossbar. The deflection fell back into the box, but the Greyhounds were unable to take advantage of Fairfield's prone keeper before a Stag defender safely cleared.
Fairfield countered when Aldo Hope's shot was blocked in front of the goal. The loose ball was poked in by Stag sophomore Sam Bailey with 3:54 remaining in the first half. The one-goal deficit quickly turned into a nightmare for the `Hounds when an unsuccessful clear turned into an own goal with 40 ticks on the first-half clock.
Facing a two-goal deficit, the Greyhounds came out with a sense of urgency in the second half and controlled the ball and the action. After taking three shots in the first half, Loyola took three in the opening 10 minutes of the second half, putting two of those shots on goal.
The Stags escaped Loyola's offensive push unscathed and were able to add an insurance goal when the Greyhounds pressed late. With the win, Fairfield advances to the MAAC Championship Game on Sunday.
The Greyhounds end the year with an overall record of 7-11-1 after advancing to their 18th consecutive MAAC Tournament.