Nov. 17, 2007
Orlando, Fla. - Freshman Glenn Leitch scored two goals and freshman Daniel Ankrah added another as top-seeded Loyola defeated Canisius in the MAAC Semifinals on Saturday in Orlando, Fla. The Greyhounds advance to the conference title game with a 3-0 win over the Golden Griffins.
In their previous match this season, the Greyhounds defeated Canisius 3-0 at Diane Geppi-Aikens Field with two goals from freshman Eddie Dines and one from freshman Mike Gill. This time, it was another pair of freshmen who stepped up and delivered the offense for Loyola.
The first goal came in the opening minutes of the match when Leitch gathered the loose ball in the top of the box and fired a shot into the bottom right corner of the goal.
The Greyhound lead would double in only the 16th-minute of play when freshman Phil Bannister, the MAAC Rookie of the Year, left a touch pass for Ankrah, who also scored in the bottom right corner of the goal.
Loyola's 2-nil halftime advantage would stand up with the Greyhound's top-ranked defense in the MAAC. Having allowed a goal in only one conference game all season, Loyola would get three more saves from first-team All-MAAC selection Milos Kocic, who picked up his 14th shutout of the season.
Leitch would put the game away in the 73rd minute with not only his second goal of the game, but also his second goal of the season. Bannister, who had the assist on Loyola's first two goals, also assisted on the play to give him three assists for the game, increasing his team-leading point total to 31 on the year.
Loyola, the regular season MAAC Champions, improve to 17-3 win the win. The Greyhounds will play in the league's championship game on Sunday at 1 p.m. from Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Fla.