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Loyola Tops Menís Soccer

Courtesy: Canisius College Athletics
Release: 10/21/2011
Sophomore Robbie Ryan
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Two early goals was all the offense Loyola needed to earn their fourth-straight victory, capitalizing on a pair of Griff miscues to earn a 2-0 victory over the Canisius College men's soccer team on Friday night. The loss drops the Griffs to 3-11-1 on the season and 1-5-1 in MAAC play, while the Greyhounds improve to 9-4-1 and 4-2-0 against conference foes.

"We weren't ready to play at the start of the game tonight," said Canisius head coach Dermot McGrane. "We weren't mentally focused and Loyola punished us for it. I thought the game was fairly even for the next 83 minutes but Loyola is a very tough team to break down and you can't give them two goals at the start of the game and expect to win."

Geaton Caltabiano opened the scoring for the Greyhounds just 3:52 into the contest, connecting on a counter attack for the early 1-0 lead. Just over three minutes later, Loyola stretched its lead to two when Stephen Dooley netted his fifth goal of the season via a penalty kick.

The Griffs best opportunity on the night came in the 61st minute when sophomore Robbie Ryan headed the ball past the Loyola keeper on a corner kick but a Greyhound defender was there to keep it out of the back of the net and preserve the shutout victory.

Overall, the two schools played a fairly even match with Loyola holding a slight advantage in shots (12-9) and corner kicks (4-2). Kyle Wittman recorded two saves to post the shutout in net, while junior Kareem Gray also posted two saves for the Griffs.

Canisius continues conference play on Sunday, squaring off with Rider. Game time is scheduled for 3 p.m.

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