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Hounds clinch playoff bye with Senior Day win

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Last October, we couldn’t wait for the Loyola men’s soccer team’s season to be over. This year, we don’t want it to end. The Greyhounds have turned things completely around in a hurry and with a 1-0 victory over Colgate on Sunday afternoon the team that finished last in the Patriot League last year has clinched a first round bye in the conference tournament this year as one of the top two seeds.

In the 16th minute, freshman Josh Fawole scored what would prove to be the game-winning goal on a quick counter. Senior goalkeeper Matt Sanchez intercepted a cross by the Raiders, booted the ball down the field past the center line. Freshman Brian Saramago headed the ball forward to Fawole, who out-ran his defender and scored on a low shot into the far post.

Saramago nearly doubled Loyola’s lead in the 24th minute when senior Brennan Goldsmith collected the ball in the midfield and played it up the field. Saramago took the pass and broke away to get space for a shot, but Colgate Ricky Brown made the stop.

Brown got his foot on a Xander Saling shot in the 43rd minute to prevent the Greyhounds from doubling their lead before the break.

Loyola was unable to get another pass past Brown, but Sanchez posted his 11th career shutout and fourth of the season to help the Greyhounds hang on for the win on Senior Day. With the win the Greyhounds improve to 5-1-2 in Patriot League play. Last year Loyola had only one point in Patriot League play. The 17 points they’ve accumulated this year with a game left are by far the most the team had earned since they joined the conference in 2013.

The Greyhounds will have another chance to add even more points when they travel to Holy Cross on Saturday. They will have an automatic bye into the Patriot League semifinals on Friday, Nov. 11.

Pictured above from left to right, seniors David Warburton, Laurin Vogel, Brennan Goldsmith, Matt Sanchez and Ryan Tuck were all honored in a senior ceremony before their last regular season game at Ridley Athletic Complex.

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