Men's Soccer Downs Boston University To Move Into First In Patriot League
BOSTON - The Loyola University Maryland men’s soccer team took control of the Patriot League standings by downing previously undefeated and first-place Boston University, 2-1, Saturday afternoon at Nickerson Field.
With the win, Loyola - voted the preseason Patriot League favorites this year - moves into a tie for first place with the Terriers (5-7-1 overall, 4-1-0 Patriot League), but the Greyhounds (8-4-1, 4-1-0) now hold the tiebreaker advantage.
Sophomore Barry Sharifi snapped the Terriers’ scoreless streak of 299:17 minutes - and 378:05 minutes in League games - by blasting a low shot off of BU’s clearance attempt into the back of the net. His goal in the 19th minute marks the first that Boston University has conceded in Patriot League play this season.
Junior A. Mickey Watson then got the Greyhounds a quick insurance goal, putting away junior Gabriel Carlsson’s free kick 90 seconds later.
Loyola continued to pressure and generated a series of three corner kicks over a 90 second span, but the Greyhounds were unable to capitalize on the opportunities, as sophomore Brian Saramago’s header missed the mark in the 26th minute and Sharifi’s shot was blocked in the 27th.
Facing a 2-0 halftime deficit, the Terriers were able to get a goal back early in the second half when Toti Knutsson played a ball to the far post that Matt McDonnell headed back across the face of the goal for Mana Chavali to finish in the 51st minute.
That would be all freshman goalkeeper Chase Vosvick would allow the Terriers though, as he finished the contest with two saves to pick up the win.
For the game, the Terriers held an 11-4 advantage in shots, while Loyola had a 4-3 edge in corner kicks.
The Greyhounds will return home to host Holy Cross on Saturday at 1 p.m.