Bill Sento now has seven losses, but no regrets.
In an effort to beef up their schedule and give themselves a better chance at the NCAA soccer tournament, Sento's Loyola Greyhounds have played five top-25 teams this season. After losing, 2-1, to No. 11 Old Dominion (12-1-1) yesterday at Curley Field, Loyola is 0-5 in those games, 8-7-1 overall.
"We wanted to try to increase our power rating with strength of schedule," Sento said. "Last year I felt we had a good schedule, but the NCAA felt it was a little weak."
Last season, the Greyhounds finished 16-2-5, but didn't make the NCAA tournament. So this year's schedule included No. 1 Rutgers (a 3-1 loss), No. 12 Boston University (3-1), No. 23 Columbia (3-0), No. 25 Creighton (2-0) and Old Dominion.
The Greyhounds started yesterday as if they might finally beat a ranked team. Tom Donahue received a pass in front of the Monarchs' goal and chipped the ball into the right side to give the Greyhounds a 1-0 lead 4 minutes, 9 seconds into the game.
The score increased Donahue's team-leading total to eight goals, including four in the past four games.
But Old Dominion tied it at 21:44, when Marcelo Essabba bounced a 25-yard shot off the crossbar and into the net.
The game stayed tied until the 81-minute mark, when Steve Chadwick scored on a 30-yard shot just inside the right post.