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Strong Second Half Propels Loyola To Comeback Victory At Siena
Oct. 28, 2011
LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - The Loyola University Maryland men's soccer team used a strong second half, including two-unanswered goals, to erase a one-goal deficit and earn a 2-1 victory over Siena Friday afternoon in a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference contest played at Siena Turf Field.
With the win, Loyola improves to 10-4-2 on the season, posting its 27th 10-win season in 31 years. The Greyhounds also move to 5-2-1 in the MAAC, securing at least a top-three seed in next week's MAAC Tournament. The top-three finish improves upon last year's fourth-place finish in the league.
With the loss, the Saints fall to 4-9-2 overall and 1-5-2 in the league.
Siena became the sixth team this season to score first on the Greyhounds, but the first that Loyola rallied to defeat. The Saints got on the board first in the 14th minute when Daniel Alderstad played the ball in traffic to Joe Miner, who scored from the left side.
The Saints continued to pressure the Greyhounds throughout the first 45 minutes, holding a 7-3 advantage in shots, but the remainder of the half was scoreless.
Loyola wasted no time getting on the board in the second stanza, as Caltabiano scored the equalizer in the 46th minute. Sophomore Vegard Vinje took the Greyhounds' initial shot, but it was blocked. Caltabiano then took the rebound and put it away for his seventh goal of the year.
Following the goal, Caltabiano bent a shot from about 20 yards out that beat the keeper, but hit the cross bar, keeping the game at an even 1-1.
Freshman Connor Thompson then had a header that hit the post. Thompson met a cross in front of the goal, but his header was just mere inches away from giving the Greyhounds their first advantage of the contest.
Dooley then gave Loyola its first lead of the game by dribbling down the field and firing a goal into the back of the net in the 73rd minute. The score marks his sixth of the season and first game winner.
Wittman made a diving save on a shot in the 87th minute before turning back various scramble attempts in the final seconds to preserve the victory for the Greyhounds.
Loyola earned a 14-4 advantage in shots throughout the second half to earn a 17-11 edge throughout the game. The Greyhounds also had a 6-1 advantage in corner kicks.
In goal, Wittman made three saves, while Jack Binks stopped five shots for the Saints.
Loyola will close out the regular season on Sunday, heading to Marist for a 1 p.m. tilt.