Nov. 13, 2009
FAIRFIELD, Conn. - Wade McHugh scored two goals, and Danny Ankrah had his third game-winner of the season, as the Loyola University Maryland men's soccer team defeated host Fairfield, 3-0, Friday afternoon in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Semifinals.
The Greyhounds (10-7-3), who are seeded second in the MAAC Championships, will play No. 4 seed NIagara in the MAAC Championship Game. The Purple Eagles tied No. 1 seed Iona, 1-1, but advanced via a 3-0 advantage in penalty kicks.
The contest will be held Sunday, November 15, 2009, 12 p.m., at Fairfield. It will be broadcast nationally on ESPNU.
Ankrah put the Greyhounds on the board in the 21st minute with the match's first goal. Phil Bannister served a free kick into the box, and Ankrah flicked it in for his third goal of the season.
The Greyhounds added to their lead less than eight minutes later. After a Fairfield shot attempt, Loyola went on a quick counter attack, and Ankrah sent a ball to Wade McHugh ahead of the Stags' defense.
McHugh went one-on-one against Fairfield goalkeeper Michael O'Keefe, beating him to give Loyola a 2-0 lead exactly 28 minutes into the contest.
The Greyhounds tacked on a third goal with just over four minutes remaining in the match.
Bannister crossed a ball across the mouth of the goal, which McHugh touched into an empty net. The two goals are a career-high for the junior midfielder.
Ankrah's goal was the eventual game-winner. All three of his goals this season have been of that variety.
Fairfield was credited with 16 shots to Loyola's 10 in the match, but all but two of the Greyhounds were on frame. Kyle Wittman made eight saves in goal for the Greyhounds, while O'Keefe had five.
The Stags attempted 11 corner kicks to the Greyhounds one.
Loyola, which lost to Fairfield, 1-0, in last year's MAAC Championship Game, will be playing in their 16th MAAC Championship Game, most of any school in the league.