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HAMDEN, Conn. – Junior goalkeeper Borja Angoitia (Bilbao, Spain) recorded a season-high seven saves on Wednesday afternoon, but a late goal by the Patriot League Preseason Player of the Year proved to be the difference in a 1-0 loss to Loyola (Md.) at the QU Soccer Field.
For the second straight match, Quinnipiac's defense held its opponent scoreless through 80 minutes of soccer. However, the clean sheet came to a close in the 83rd minute, when sophomore forward Larry Ndjock netted his fifth goal of the season to put Loyola (Md.) on top, 1-0. Ndjock received a pass from Diego McQuestion; took a few touches inside of the penalty area on the left side and slipped the game-winner inside the far post. Quinnipiac couldn't find the equalizer in the waning minutes.
After taking a 0-0 score into the locker room at halftime, Quinnipiac came out firing on all cylinders in the second half. The Bobcats controlled the ball in Loyola's end for the majority of the half, which included a 7-1 advantage in shots through the midway mark. Quinnipiac mustered several great scoring opportunities - one off the head of Raphael Carvalho (Danbury, Conn.) in the 71st minute that trickled just wide of the right post, and another off the foot of Machel Baker (Spanish Town, Jamaica) in the 77th minute that whipped just outside of the right post.
Quinnipiac outshot Loyola (Md.), 17-11, for the game, however just three of them found the target. Greyhound goalkeeper Thurman Van Riper picked up three saves in his second straight shutout. The Greyhounds peppered Angoitia with eight shots on net.
The first half featured a defensive stalemate with each team taking seven shots, but none that would cross the goal line. Quinnipiac's best chance came in the 39th minute when Carvalho found Baker streaking in behind the Greyhound defense. Baker poked a one-time shot towards net, but the ball bounced twice and hit the left post; deflected back in play and was cleared away from danger.
With the loss, Quinnipiac fell to 1-4-1 all-time against the Greyhounds in a rivalry that dates back to the 2008 campaign. The 1-0 loss marked the first loss in Hamden, as Quinnipiac was 1-0-1 before today's match.
The Bobcats are back in action on Saturday, Sept. 14 with the second game of its four-game home stand. Quinnipiac welcomes Holy Cross for a 3 p.m. start at the QU Soccer Field on Mount Carmel Campus.
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