Nov. 8, 2009
RIVERDALE, N.Y. - Phil Bannister scored a goal and assisted on two others, and the Loyola University Maryland men's soccer team posted a 4-1 victory over host Manhattan College Sunday morning at Gaelic Park in the teams' Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference regular-season finale.
The win clinched the No. 2 seed for the Greyhounds in next weekend's MAAC Championships at Fairfield University. Loyola will play either the host Stags or Niagara University on Friday, November 13, 2009, at either 4 or 7 p.m.
"I am pleased with the team today," Head Coach Mark Mettrick said. "I thought it was a very positive result, and we worked hard. We had contributions from many different players, and it was a good team performance to secure the number two seed in the conference."
A goal off a set piece in the 21st minute put Loyola ahead, 1-0 against the Jaspers (1-17-1, 0-9-0). Kevin Curran placed a corner kick into the middle of the box, which Leitch redirected with a header into the left corner of the net for his sixth goal of the season.
Loyola extended its advantage to two with less than two minutes to play before halftime. Curran carried the ball from his left back position and crossed a pass into the box where Bannister finished into the left side of the net for his third goal of the year.
Early in the second half, a Bannister shot was saved by Manhattan goalkeeper Chris Todd, but the rebound bounched off Todd onto the foot of Jaskolski. The sophomore forward put away his shot to give Loyola a 3-0 lead in the 59th minute.
Manhattan got one back in the 71st as Nicholas Patrikis received a Nick White service from the left side and lofted a goal into the top left corner of the net.
Jaskolski added his second goal of the game, and second of the season, in the 82nd minute to provide the final margin. Bannister shot a pass to the center of the box, and Jaskolski put the goal into the center of the net.
Zach Kane earned his first collegiate win in goal for the Greyhounds. The freshman made seven saves against the Jaspers, which were credited with 16 shots in the match. Todd made just two saves against four goals allowed.
The game was also an opportunity for several players to earn starts or playing time for the Greyhounds. Senior back Joey Dussault and freshman midfielder Héctor Arellano each made their first collegiate starts, and redshirt freshmen Fayek Bseiso and Vince DiPino made their first-ever appearances for Loyola.