Loyola soccer team stuns UM, 1-0

September 20, 2001|By Tommy Ventre | Tommy Ventre,SUN STAFF

COLLEGE PARK -- Senior defender Michael Nelson headed in a free kick from senior midfielder A.J. Ogilvie in the second minute, then led a stellar defensive effort to give the Loyola men's soccer team a 1-0 upset of No. 12 Maryland last night before 737 at Ludwig Field.

Nelson's goal broke an eight-year scoring drought against the Terrapins for Loyola (3-1-1), and the win was the program's first over its in-state rival since 1992.

"It's one of our biggest goals of the year, and we accomplished it," Loyola goalkeeper Reb Beatty (Archbishop Spalding) said of beating the Terps (3-2).

Beatty, Nelson and junior All-America candidate Niall Lepper were stalwarts on defense, limiting the hosts to 10 shots. The Terps' best chance came six minutes before halftime, but Bryan Vitagliano's bid from 12 yards hit the post.

Both teams entered last night's contest after a 10-day layoff forced by last week's terrorist attacks, but Loyola showed no signs of rust. The Greyhounds took advantage of the game's first set piece, sending Nelson into the box to meet Ogilvie's curling free kick from the near sideline at 1:40 in the first half.

"They finished off their first chance beautifully," Terps coach Sasho Cirovski said. "I think they're a legitimate top-20 team."

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