No. 1 McDonogh falls to Loyola, 1-0

Boys soccer

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The Loyola boys soccer team got the early goal it was looking for yesterday at top-ranked McDonogh.

Just as important, the No. 3 Dons showed they were more than ready for what was to follow.

With sturdy play at midfield, an organized effort in back and All-Metro senior goalie Akira Fitzgerald right where he needed to be when called on, Loyola withstood everything the Eagles sent its way -- making a goal from senior forward Tim Dubyoski in the 10th minute stand tall for a 1-0 win.

Loyola improved to 8-2-3 and 5-1-2 in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association's A Conference. McDonogh fell to 7-3-1 and 5-1-1 in league play.

Fitzgerald (six saves) was quick to point out his defense -- seniors Matt Schroeder, Matt Reichenbach, Pat Foley, Jim Tirabassi and junior Grayson Tolmie.

"I really only had to make two or three quality saves," Fitzgerald said.

Against the Eagles, who are loaded with offensive talent, that was saying something.

Fitzgerald added: "We were under a lot of pressure. A lot of the game was played in our half, but our guys stayed composed."

Schroeder had a big role in the goal, as well, placing a free kick in the middle to Dubyoski, who flicked home a header.

Throughout the second half, the Eagles sent more players forward, looking for an equalizer.

But there was good marking from Loyola's defense most of the time, a good reaction save from Fitzgerald on a shot from McDonogh freshman Chris Agorsor and some good fortune, with McDonogh's Jake Levin pounding a header that hit off the crossbar.

"I thought it was a combination of them playing really well and being very organized and us being very disorganized by giving up the early goal and having to find ways to get one," McDonogh coach Steve Nichols said.

"You give away a really bad goal early on a set piece because you're not ready to play, and then we had to come back but didn't have the energy or urgency to do that today for some reason. Why? I don't know."

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