Nov. 11, 2005
Fairfield, Conn. - The Loyola men's soccer team suffered a heartbreaking 2-1 overtime loss to Marist in the MAAC Semifinals on Friday night in Fairfield, Conn. With two goals from Keith Detelj, the Red Foxes eliminate Loyola from postseason play, abruptly ending the 2005 season.
The game began in ominous fashion with the Red Foxes scoring in only the fourth minute of play. Marist caught the game's first break when Loyola was whistled for a handball outside the box. The ensuing free kick would get loose and fall at the feet of Detelj. With a great look at the goal, Detelj shot low and inside the right post for the early lead.
With Marist turning its attention to the defensive end of the field, the Greyhounds were still able to penetrate the backfield and nearly scored on back-to-back corner kicks in the 39th minute. With junior Rade Kokovic serving beautiful corners, senior Vinnie Piscopo came close with a glancing header while sophomore Frank Spanos shot high with his attempt.
The `Hounds were finally able to break through when sophomore Ray Hassett fired a bullet from 30 yards out. The shot, taken with one minute left in the first half, found a small opening over the outstretched hand of Marist keeper Daniel Owens and under the crossbar to even the match at intermission.
Hassett, with his first-half tally, tied Piscopo for the team lead in goals with seven on the year. He almost notched his eighth of the season in the 68th minute, missing high with a point-blank header.
With neither side able to be establish sustained momentum in the second half, the Red Foxes got the break they would need when first-team All-MAAC defender Gabriel Ortega picked up his second yellow, ejecting him from the contest with less than a minute to play in regulation.
Playing a man-down, the Greyhound defense weathered Marist's first attack, but at 93:58, Detelj one-timed the game-winner past keeper Justin Chelland, who played an excellent game in goal. Chelland finished with five saves while Loyola finished with eight corners to zero for Marist.
Piscopo finishes the season as Loyola's top scorer with 16 points. Hassett ends the year tied for the team lead in goals with seven.