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Princeton Edges Men's Soccer In Season Opener
Sept. 3, 2004
Baltimore, Md. -
Seniors Jay Joyce and Kevin Nash each scored for Loyola in its men's soccer season opener, but a three-goal day for Princeton lifted the visiting Tigers over the `Hounds on Friday afternoon at Alumnae Field.
A very even struggle quickly turned into a one-goal lead for Princeton when a foul inside the box awarded Darren Spicer a penalty kick. The Princeton junior converted and after only 3:26 elapsed in the game, the Tigers had the upper hand.
Princeton's second goal, a shot by junior Adrian Melville that hit the crossbar and bounced in, left Loyola in an early two-goal deficit. The Tigers threatened to add more with a pair of corner kicks, but the Greyhounds held firm and would capitalize in the 32nd minute.
After John Dalziel's shot sailed wide of the goal, Rade Kokovic sent an arching corner kick to Joyce who was trailing the play from the right side. Joyce beat Princeton keeper Erik White and the `Hounds were back in the game.
"We've had to come back from a few two-goal deficits and it's never easy," says Joyce. "We really needed something before the half to get us going and that goal did."
The Greyhounds went into the half with momentum and came out attacking in the second stanza. After three consecutive corner kicks came up empty, the `Hounds earned the equalizer when Dalziel set himself and shot from outside the 18. Nash re-directed Dalziel's shot with his head and at 56:47 the game was knotted at 2-2.
"I was very pleased with the way we kept attacking Princeton," says Loyola Head Coach Mark Mettrick. "We really had them on the ropes in the second half."
Loyola would only build on its momentum with close calls and tough shots. Sophomore Danny Wheelan had a clear look in the 68th minute and fired a shot off Princeton's post. Joyce kept the heat on with shot that sailed wide minutes later.
The Tigers would get the game-winner, however, with Spicer's second goal of the day. The shot came at 80:47, beating Loyola keeper Greg Peters, who finished the game with five saves.
The Greyhounds had 10 corner kicks to Princeton's four and both teams ended the contest with 14 shots. The Tigers begin the season 1-0, Loyola, 0-1, returns to action this Sunday when it hosts George Mason at 1 p.m.