With 35 minutes to play in the championship game of the Loyola Budweiser tournament yesterday, it looked as if Greyhounds goalkeeper Peter Trizzino would be the hero.
But in a span of seven seconds, that all changed.
Trizzino, who was starting just the second game of his college career, had shut down Virginia Commonwealth while Loyola had one goal. But VCU scored two goals within seven seconds of each other to take the lead in a game the Rams would eventually win, 3-1, at Curley Field.
"I think what plagued us through this game was the same thing that has plagued us all year -- lack of consistency," Loyola coach Bill Sento said. "We play well for 15-20 minutes. Then, for some reason -- I wish I knew what -- we have a breakdown."
The tying and go-ahead goals both came on defensive breakdowns by the Greyhounds (4-5-1). Trizzino, who was starting because of an injury to first-string goalie Shawn Boehmcke's left shoulder, played well throughout the game, but there was little he could do on the two quick goals about 15 minutes into the second half.
VCU forward Wayne Pratt of West Yorkshire, England, got a ball that had been poked away from a teammate and rolled it from about 10 yards into the open right side of the net.
Seconds later, halfback Kevin Moze sailed a shot off the right post and into the net, giving the Rams the lead.
"I kind of took myself off the angle," Trizzino said of Moze's goal. "I had time to get to the ball. I just missed it."
After the Greyhounds opened the scoring with a header by Mark Hopper, they seemed to collapse back into a defensive mode. Pratt, who won the tournament MVP for scoring three goals in the two games, said that helped the Rams.
Trizzino, who stopped seven shots in the game, agreed.
"We tried to take the pace of the game by slowing it down," he said, "but we should have kept going harder and harder."
Santo said the slowdown was not intentional, but rather a side-effect of the Greyhounds inability to mount any sort of offensive attack.
"It was an offensive breakdown," Santo said. "We weren't able to establish any type of pattern. It was just a matter of time before VCU scored."
Earlier in the day, Fairfield defeated Long Island University, 4-2, in the consolation game.
All-tournament team: Charlie Haynes, Loyola; Mark Hopper, Loyola; Jim Garvey, Loyola; Bart Polster, VCU; Eric Dade, VCU; Anthony Sherwood, VCU; Jim McElderly, Fairfield; Roberto Ramirez, LIU; Andrew Tenn, LIU. Tournament MVP: Wayne Pratt, VCU.
VCU 3, Loyola 1 VCU... ... 0... 3... -- ... 3
Loyola ... 1... 0... -- ... 1
Goals: VCU--Pratt, Moze, Sherwood. L-- Hopper. Assists: Polster, Wilson. L-- Elliot. Saves: VCU-- DeLong 3. L-- Trizzino 7.
Fairfield 4, Long Island University 2 LIU... ... ... 1... 1... --... 2
Fairfield..... 1... 3... --... 4
Goals: LIU-- Velez, Savarese. F-- Gallagher, Logio, McElderly, Catanzaro. Assists: LIU-- Battaglia, Perez. F-- Becker, Gil, Catanzaro, Rotillo. Saves: LIU-- Gonzalez 9. F-- Collins 6.