Men's Soccer Cranks Off 15 Second Half Shots, But Cannot Find the Net in 1-0 Setback at Loyola

Men's Soccer Cranks Off 15 Second Half Shots, But Cannot Find the Net in 1-0 Setback at Loyola

BALTIMORE – Despite outshooting host Loyola, 19-9, and taking all 12 corners in the match, 11th-ranked UMBC (3-1-1) conceded a second half goal and fell to the Greyhounds (1-3-1), 1-0, at Ridley Athletic Complex.

UMBC pressured constantly throughout the second half, but could not solve Loyola netminder Matt Sanchez, who made four saves.

The key sequences occurred early in the second half, when senior back Joseph Glos (Perry Hall, Md./Perry Hall) worked his way in deep to the 13 yard line, but Sanchez made a with diving save in the 50th minute. Moments later, senior midfielder Malcolm Harris' (Damascus, Md./McDonogh) header right in front of the goal off a Michael Scott (Fife, Scotland) free kick was also saved by Sanchez.

Loyola quickly countered after the save and, after a deep throw in, Brennan Goldsmith crossed the ball to Brad Warenicz, who headed the ball inside the left post from seven yards out.   

Sophomore Gregg Hauck (Linthicum, Md./North County) had a prime chance in the 61st minute, but his header was knocked down at the four- yard line by a Loyola defender.  

Freshman midfielder Patrick Jean-Gilles (Woodbridge, Va.) had the best late chance as he was in deep on the left side, but Sanchez deflected his effort over the goal in with seven minutes remaining.

The late comeback effort was hampered as UMBC played a man down for the final 2:42, when junior netminder Billy Heavner (Landisville, Pa.) was given a red card as he challenged for a loose ball just outside the box. Sophomore Phil Breno (Mount Airy, Md./South Carroll) replaced Heavner in the goal and made a save on the ensuing free kick.  

UMBC attempted 15 of their 19 shots in the second half and attempted 10 corner kicks.  

The pace was relatively slow in the first half, UMBC started to gain possession and a distinct territorial advantage in the final 15 minutes of the first half and earned a pair of corners, but created no prime scoring chances.

The Retrievers were playing their first road contest of the year, after posting a 5-3-3 mark on the road in 2014 and going unbeaten in their final five contests (4-0-1).  

UMBC returns home on Saturday, Sept. 19, when they host La Salle at Retriever Soccer Park at 7:00 p.m.