BALTIMORE, Md. – Philip Surprise's (Milwaukee, Wis.) fourth straight goal was not enough on Saturday night, as the Quinnipiac University men's soccer team suffered a heartbreaking overtime loss to Loyola (Md.), 2-1, at the Ridley Athletic Complex on a rainy evening in Baltimore. With the loss, the Bobcats drop to 2-2 on the season and 1-3-1 all-time against the Greyhounds.
After 45 minutes of scoreless soccer, Suprise broke the deadlock less than a minute into the second frame, as the senior forward manufactured a spectacular goal for a 1-0 lead. Combination play between Robbie McLarney (Londonderry, N.H.), Tim Quigley (Ridgefield, Conn.) and Suprise resulted in a 25-yard blast into the upper-right corner of the net for his 21st career goal.
Unfortunately, Loyola, who improved to 2-1-1 overall, stunned the Bobcats with a pair of late goals for the thrilling triumph. Trailing 1-0 in the 84th minute, freshman Larry Ndjock found the equalizer to send the game into overtime. Just four minutes into the extra frame, Jamie Libby tallied the game-winner with a header off a cross from Connor Thompson. Libby's first goal of the season gave the Greyhounds their second straight win on their home-turf.
The Greyhounds controlled a 17-6 advantage in shots, peppering the Bobcats' defense with eight shots on goal. Sophomore goalkeeper Borja Angoitia (Bilbao, Spain) made six saves in the match, while his counterpart, Thurman Van Riper, did not register a save in his second win of the season.
The opening stanza featured a scoreless stalemate with Loyola (Md.) maintaining most of the possession. The Greyhounds boasted nine shots, three on target, compared to just two shots by the visiting Bobcats. Nonetheless, Angoitia and the QU defense weathered the storm to preserve the deadlock. McLarney and junior Sam Nicol (Edinburgh, Scotland) accounted for the two shots on the offensive end.
Quinnipiac is back in action next Friday, September 14 with an intra-county match-up against Yale. The Bobcats and Bulldogs square off at 4 p.m. at the QU Soccer Field on Mount Carmel Campus.
Quinnipiac fans should refer to the Official Website of Quinnipiac Athletics, www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com, for any schedule changes as well as the latest news, scores and highlights. The 2012 Quinnipiac Men's Soccer Schedule will also be available for download at www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com for all mobile devices, including iPhones and iPads, as well as all desktop computers.
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