Nov. 24, 2007
Baltimore, Md. - Loyola College freshmen Eddie Dines and Phil Bannister each scored first-half goals, as the Greyhounds defeated visiting Liberty University, 2-0, in the NCAA College Cup First Round at Diane Geppi-Aikens Field on Saturday afternoon in front of 902 fans.
"I thought we played well in the first half, particularly in the last 20 minutes of the half. We got two good goals during that period," said Loyola Head Coach Mark Mettrick. "Obviously we played a lot of defense in the second half as Liberty pushed for a goal - but we were able to hold them off."
Dines put the Greyhounds (19-3) on the board in the 23rd minute, scoring a goal off a ball that bounced between several players in front of the goal.
Julian Cantillo started the action with a corner kick from the left side of the goal. Cantillo's kick sailed to the far post where a Liberty defender put a head on the ball, deflecting it off the near post.
Off the rebound, Dines put a solid header past Flames goalkeeper Paul Gilbert 22:05 into the match.
"Coach puts a lot of emphasis on set plays," said Dines. "When I saw the goalkeeper out I knew I had a chance to score."
Liberty (13-5-2) gained its first good chance of the half minutes later as Joshua Boateng drove a low shot that was saved by Loyola goalkeeper Milos Kocic in the 37th minute.
The Flames were whistled for a foul about 10 yards outside of the box, setting the Greyhounds up for a direct kick.
After a Loyola player tapped the ball, Camilo Correa turned and struck a hard, low shot at Gilbert. The ball bounced off the Liberty goalkeeper's hands toward the right side of the box.
Bannister picked up the rebound and scored 40:21 into the half.
Loyola outshot the Flames, 9-2, in the first half, but Liberty had almost all of the offensive chances after halftime.
Liberty took 10 shots in the second half, while the Greyhounds did not attempt any. Kocic made all five of his saves after the break.
"The defense gives us so much confidence," added Dines. "We don't feel the pressure to keep scoring when we know how solid we are in the back."
Loyola's shutout is its 13th in its last 14 games and ninth out of 10 home matches. Overall, the Greyhounds lead the nation in shutout percentage with 16 in 22 games.
"We had a goal before the year started for 10 shutouts," says Kocic. "We're very happy to get more"
"Loyola is very, very organized defensively," said Liberty Head Coach Jeff Alder. "Their goalkeeper has to be one of the best in the country and some of the saves he made in the second half were just incredible."
The Greyhounds advance to the NCAA College Cup Second Round where they will face the No. 13 seed University of Maryland on Wednesday, November 28, at 5 p.m. in College Park, Md.