Men's Soccer Downs Defending Patriot League Champ Colgate
Sept. 22, 2017
HAMILTON, N.Y. - T.J. Walker scored his first collegiate goal with less than eight minutes left in regulation Friday night, and the Loyola University Maryland men's soccer team opened Patriot League play with a 2-1 victory over host Colgate University at Beyer-Small '76 Field.
The Raiders (3-5-0 overall, 0-1-0 Patriot League), who won the 2016 Patriot League Championship, had equalized less than three minutes prior, but Barry Sharifi won the ball back for Loyola (4-2-1, 1-0-0) in the midfield and initiated the play to set up Walker.
Colgate came away with possession off a long Loyola goal-kick by Chase Vosvick, but Sharifi stepped in front of a Aram Ouligian pass and knocked it away. Sharifi dribbled inside the 18 and carried the ball to just outside the six-yard box.
There, he struck a left-footed pass across the mouth of the goal to Walker who settled the ball with a touch. He then blasted a shot back toward the left post, finding the net for the first time as a collegian with 7:34 left on the clock.
Loyola yielded just one shot, a 25-yard attempt that went well high, as well as a corner kick wich did not result in a shot, from that point on.
Walker's game-winner came two-minutes, 19-seconds after Ouligian knocked in a header for Colgate, knotting the game at 1-1. A long throw by Abdel Sanogo went into the box where Ouligian was to redirect a shot for the Raiders' first goal.
Sharifi put Loyola on the board in the 22nd minute with a shot from the top of the 18. Sam Carter rose above a Colgate player to head away a Raiders' throw-in, and his redirection sent the ball 20 yards forward. Xander Saling was there to nod the ball down to Sharifi who took two touches on the run before striking a hard, low shot from left-to-right that went inside the far post.
Vosvick made two saves in the game for the Greyhounds, both coming on full-extension dives. The first happened in the 31st minute on a Jared Stroud free kick that Vosvick dove to his right, thwarting the chance. He then went left to snag a Sanogo one-touch deflection that was headed for the net.
Loyola continues its road trip with a non-conference affair on Monday, September 25, at Cleveland State Unviersity. The Greyhounds return to Ridley Athletic Complex on Saturday, September 30, to face the U.S. Naval Academy in a 7 p.m. game.