Men's Soccer Earns 1-0 Win Over St. John's In Home Opener
Sophomore Nico Brown netted his first collegiate goal in the home opener against St. John’s Sunday night to get the Loyola University Maryland men’s soccer team a 1-0 win in a physical game played at Ridley Athletic Complex.
Loyola (2-0-0) held the Johnnies without a first-half shot, while the Greyhounds capitalized on crisp passing to net the eventual game-winning in the 29th minute. Sophomore Josh Fawole took control of a ball on the flank and sent it across the top of the box to freshman Sam Brown, who touched it just inside of the box for Nico Brown to finish into the bottom right corner of the goal.
Fawole and Nico Brown looked to have another opportunity to add to Loyola’s lead late in the game, as Fawole used his speed to create a breakaway opportunity for the duo, but Brown’s shot attempt sailed high over the crossbar.
Earlier in the contest, sophomore Barry Sharifi had an opportunity to put Loyola on the board, but he blasted a pass from Fawole into the hands of St. John’s goalkeeper Andrew Withers.
Freshman TJ Walker also had a look at the goal, but his shot was blocked in the 72nd minute.
In goal, freshman Chase Vosvick only had to make two saves to record his first collegiate clean sheet. In the 49th minute, he stopped a free kick from going into the top corner of the goal and then in the 65th minute, he made a diving save on Filippo Ricupati’s wide-open attempt from four yards out.
Vosvick also came off of his line in the 70th minute to break up St. John’s breakaway attempt to preserve the shutout.
For the game, Loyola outshot the Johnnies, 8-6, and held a 6-5 advantage in corner kicks.
The Greyhounds will return to action on Friday when they travel to William & Mary. The Patriot League and Colonial Athletic Association preseason favorites will kickoff from Martin Family Stadium at Albert-Daly Field at 7 p.m.