Men's Soccer Clinches Playoff Spot With 4-1 Win Over American
Oct. 25, 2017
The Loyola University Maryland men's soccer team clinched a spot in the upcoming Patriot League tournament with a 4-1 win over American University Wednesday night at Ridley Athletic Complex.
In addition, a pair of goals from Brian Saramago and one each from Josh Fawole and Sam Brown secured the Greyhounds their 38th 10-win season in program history, while it's their first since 2012 and the first for head coach Steve Nichols.
Loyola (10-4-1 overall, 6-1-0) peppered American's goalie early, with their first breakthrough coming in the 10th minute as Barry Sharifi touched the ball to Fawole who played it out wide to Saramago. Saramago was able to settle the ball and take a right-footed shot which ricocheted off the left post and into the net.
American (3-11-1, 2-5-0) pulled even in the 20th minute, when Andreas Djurhuus headed in a cross from Vinny Barone, but the Greyhounds regained their lead in the 26th minute as Fawole took control of a long clearance from goalkeeper Chase Vosvick before shaking off defenders and sending a shot past the keeper.
In the 52nd minute, Loyola added to its lead as Fawole, Sharifi and Saramago teamed together for another score. Fawole played the ball out wide to Sharifi who crossed it into the box for Saramago to chip in for his second goal of the night and sixth on the year.
Sam Brown then extended the Greyhounds' lead to 4-1 in the 53rd minute, as he dribbled Saramago's through ball up field before crossing it back past the goalie and into the bottom left corner of the goal. The goals marked Loyola's fastest back-to-back goals of the season.
For the game, the Greyhounds held an advantage in shots, 20-14, and tallied the same number of corner kicks as American, 6-6. Vosvick had six saves in goal.
Loyola will return to action on Saturday for its final regular-season road match against the Lehigh Mountain Hawks. Game time is set for 6 p.m.
- Torie Smith-Israel '18