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Greyhounds Close Regular Season With Convincing Win Over Niagara

Justin Chelland picked up two shutouts in Loyola's final weekend of the regular season.
Justin Chelland picked up two shutouts in Loyola's final weekend of the regular season.

Nov. 1, 2003

Box Score

BALTIMORE, MD - Two goals from freshman Omar Alfonso, a goal apiece from sophomore John Dalziel and junior Kevin Nash resulted in a 4-0 win for the men's soccer team on Saturday afternoon at Curley Field. The Greyhounds defeat MAAC foe Niagara to close the regular season with a 9-6-3 overall record.

Just like the day before, Alfonso set the pace with an early goal. Only 1:19 into the contest, freshman Danny Wheelan's corner kick, re-directed by senior Jay Joyce, led to Alfonso's team-leading 14th goal of the season.

"Jay Joyce hit a good corner," says Alfonso. "The ball bounced on the six and I just put it in."

Alfonso would double the lead 10 minutes later when the Greyhounds, on a counter attack from the left side, connected with senior John Alecci finding sophomore Vinnie Piscopo, who sent a beautiful pass to Alfonso, who did the rest.

"Vinnie gave me a true ball and I hit it one time," says Alfonso, who also scored twice in yesterday's 2-0 win over Canisius. He wraps up the regular season with 15 goals and four assists.

Behind Alfonso's goals, the Greyhounds led 2-0 at halftime, outshooting the Purple Eagles 11-3. The second half saw two more goals and 10 Loyola shots to Niagara's two.

At 52:20, Dalziel scored on a play similar to Alfonso's second goal. With passes from Nate Lyden and Nash, Dalziel notched his third goal of the season.

"It wasn't a pretty goal," says Dalziel. "I didn't even hit it that good, but was lucky enough to get past the goalkeeper."

Alfonso and Nash crossed signals on a few scoring opportunities in the second half, but finally connected with each other to put the game away at 69:43. Alfonso's touch-pass to a wide-open Nash resulted in Loyola's fourth score of the day.

 

 

Freshman goalkeeper Justin Chelland, now 5-2-2 as a starter, picked up his second straight shutout in the win. Chelland has four shutouts this season.

"Every time I play, I feel more comfortable than the last time," says Chelland. "These last two games we've been playing as a team, working real hard for each other. It makes it a lot easier to get wins when we play like that."

Loyola closes the season with a 6-2-2 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference record. The Greyhound clinch at least a second-place finish and a No. 2 seed at next week's conference tournament with 19 points. A St. Peter's win over Siena on Sunday; however, would give the Greyhounds the regular season MAAC title and a No. 1 seed in Orlando.

"We're playing good as a team right now," says Alecci. "I guess we'll see at the MAAC tournament, but I'm pretty happy with where we are."

The 2003 MAAC Championships run from Wednesday-Saturday, Nov. 5-8 at Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Fla.