Men's Soccer Falls at Undefeated Loyola (MD)
Sept. 14, 2007
BALTIMORE, MD - George Washington sophomore Andy Stadler scored a pair of second-half goals, including an equalizer in the 87th minute, but undefeated Loyola College (MD) tallied the game-winning goal in the 88th minute to deal the Colonials men's soccer team a 3-2 defeat on Friday afternoon.
After thrilling one-goal victories over Howard and North Florida in two of its opening four matches, GW (3-2) found itself on the opposite side of a tightly contested match. Loyola's (5-0) Jamie Darvill headed in the game-winner off a cross from Camilo Correa at the 87:22 mark, less than a minute after Stadler knotted the match at 2-2.
Loyola entered Friday's match ranked No. 3 in the adidas/NSCAA North Atlantic Regional Top 10, while GW was in a three-way tie for third in the Middle Atlantic Regional rankings.
The Greyhounds took an early 1-0 lead in the seventh minute when Phil Bannister took a pass from Michael Densel and deposited a shot into the lower left corner. Eddie Dines spotted Loyola a 2-0 edge in the 29th minute on a low, driven shot from outside the 18-yard box.
The Colonials regrouped in the second half and closed the margin to 2-1 in the 69th minute when sophomore Kyle Albrecht connected with Stadler's head on a corner kick. GW continued to apply pressure on the Loyola defense and finally broke through late in the match. Senior Abimbola Pedro, who paces GW with three assists this season, found Stadler in a one-on-one situation with the goalkeeper and the sophomore forward floated a shot past Milos Kocic to even the score, 2-2. Stadler leads the Colonials with 10 points on four goals and two assists this season, and now has 16 points in 22 career matches.
Redshirt junior goalkeeper Matt Scheer did not make a save in 90 minutes of action, while Kocic turned away two shots. GW outshot Loyola 8-5 in the second half and 10-9 for the match.
GW begins a three-match homestand at Mount Vernon Field next Saturday, Sept. 22, against Rider at 3:00 pm.