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Nash And Spanos Provide Encore Performance In 4-1 Win Over Manhattan
Oct. 17, 2004
Nash and Spanos, who combined to score all three of Loyola's goals in Friday's 3-1 win over Saint Peter's, provided an encore on Sunday with identical results. Four minutes into the contest, sophomore Omar Alfonso found Spanos with a behind-the-back heel pass and the freshman blasted home his third goal of the season.
Nash doubled the Loyola lead in the 10th minute when he settled an errant ball outside the 18. Looking to pass, Nash found himself open and fired a low line-drive just inside the far post.
"That was one of my best shots," says Nash. "I don't know how the ball got in front of me, but I ended up with a good look at the goal and kept the ball low."
The Greyhounds controlled the first-half tempo, keeping pressure on the Jasper defense. After Donnelly was denied on a 1-on-1 break in the 13th minute, freshman Ray Hassett set up junior Vinnie Piscopo with his mazy dribble through the Manhattan backfield. Hassett sent a perfect cross in the box, but Piscopo's header was off the mark.
Loyola, which scored three goals in the second half against Saint Peter's, matched that with its third tally of the half in the 42nd minute. Alfonso controlled the ball at the near post and fed Nash, who tapped in his team-leading fifth goal of the year.
"I scored some early goals last season and was in a slump entering this weekend," says Nash, who scored four times this weekend. "It's great to score goals, but more important than that, we picked up six big points in the conference."
Manhattan answered with a goal in the 44th minute and the `Hounds led 3-1 at the break. A physical second half with cautions on each side resulted in a beautiful goal from Donnelly in the 52nd minute.
"Rade [Kokovic] sent a great ball," says Donnelly. "I knew it was going in as soon as I hit it."
The goal, which came on sophomore Rade Kokovic's direct kick, was played off of Donnelly's head and re-directed away from Manhattan goalie Collin Leaver, who had no chance at the perfectly placed ball.
Leaver, however, redeemed himself with a very nice saves only 45 seconds later when Kokovic fired a high shot from the 18. Leaver was able to extend and get a hand on the ball, knocking over the cage.
In Loyola's goal, sophomore Justin Chelland finished with two saves, running his record as a starter to 3-0-1 this season. The Greyhounds finished with a heavy shot advantage, taking 15 to Manhattan's seven.
The Greyhounds, now 7-4-1 on the year, are 5-0-0 in the MAAC and take a one-game conference hiatus this Wednesday at American. Kick off is slated for 3 p.m. on AU's campus in Washington, D.C.