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Saramago nets hat trick in draw vs. BU

Freshman Brian Saramago posted his first career hat trick as Loyola tied Boston U, 3-3 while remaining unbeaten in Patriot League play.

Freshman Brian Saramago posted his first career hat trick as Loyola tied Boston U, 3-3 while remaining unbeaten in Patriot League play.

Every time Brian Saramago steps onto the field he impresses more and more. On a rainy Saturday afternoon he recorded his first career hat trick. While it wasn’t quite enough to put the Greyhounds past the visiting Boston University Terriers, it was enough to earn Loyola a 3-3 draw and key conference points as they remain unbeaten in Patriot League play at 3-0-1.

Boston U nearly scored first goal of the game off a corner kick, but Ben Valek’s header went over the crossbar. But Loyola quickly settled into their offensive groove.

In the 20th minute Saramago nearly scored his first goal, but the ball was saved by Matt Gilbert. Loyola earned a corner kick off the save and Saramago got his head on the cross, but that one went wide. But his pressure finally netted him a goal in the 30th minute.

Defender Ryan Tuck slipped the ball to Brennan Goldsmith, who served the ball deep into the Greyhounds’ attacking area. From the top of the box, Saramago ran toward the goal. Boston U’s goalkeeper Matt Gilbert tried to run out to stop the shot before it could be taken, but Saramago beat Gilbert and shot it past him for the score.

Boston U nearly equalized the game in the 38th minute when a cross to the left side nearly found Jerry Ozor in good position for a shot on goal, but Greyhound defender Jake Campbell deflected the ball away and sent it out of the box to keep it a 1-0 game at halftime.

Out of the break, it didn’t take Saramago long to score his second goal. Just six minutes out of the break Barry Sharifi intercepted a clearing attempt by the Terriers near the top of the box and redirected it to Saramago, who was cutting into the box from the left side. The star freshman booted it past Gilbert from 20 yards out to double Loyola’s lead.

The Terriers wouldn’t let Loyola run away, though. They scored two goals 10 minutes apart to tie the game 2-2. First, in the 60th minute Joseph Nichols, who made his first career start for the Greyhounds in place of Matt Sanchez, stopped a shot by Felix De Bona. However, he couldn’t maintain possession of the ball. Instead the ball deflected away. Loyola cleared the ball, but directly to Mark Wadid and 20 yards away from the right side, he booted it into the goal.

Just 10 minutes later A foul on Loyola let Boston U up for a free kick 20 yards away and De Bona made up for his earlier miss with the direct shot.

Once Loyola gave up the second goal, head coach Steve Nichols sent in his offensive-minded players to boost the Greyhounds attack. Of the three substitutions he made, two of the incoming players were Saramago and Sharifi. Those two freshman connected in less than three minutes after coming back in to put the Greyhounds back ahead.

Jake Campbell held the ball on the left side near midfield. He slide the ball to the middle of the field to Sharifi. He then flicked the ball to Saramago on the right side and two touches later he drilled a low shot into the center of the net. It was the first hat trick for the Greyhounds since Xander Saling posted one in a 3-2 victory over Drexel last October and first by a Greyhound in a Patriot League game since they joined the conference in 2013.

Unfortunately for the Greyhounds they couldn’t keep the lead. Six minutes later Laurin Vogel was called for a yellow card that gave the Terriers a free kick. Adam Sheikali served the ball from 40 yards out and De Bona headed it into the goal from seven yards out to re-tie the game.

Loyola would have only one shot after that in regulation, in the 85th minute, but Goldsmith’s shot went wide as the two teams went into overtime.

But neither could break through. Loyola dominated early possession and ripped off three shots in four minutes, but all of them went side. After the possession turned around and Boston U had their attack, the Greyhounds defense blocked two shots to keep them out of the goal.

In the 99th minute, Loyola earned a corner kick, but they were called offsides as the two teams went into a second overtime.

Saramago has the first opportunity to score in the final period of the game, but his shot went high. Goldsmith had the only other shot in the second overtime, but Gilbert saved it. The Terriers could not even get off a shot in the second overtime period as Loyola’s defense tightened up at the end.

In sole possession of first place in the Patriot League as the only team unbeaten in conference play, Loyola will take a break from league play when they travel to St. John’s on Wednesday before returning to conference play next Saturday to host Lehigh.

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You could say Corey was born to become a sports journalist. His father won a national championship coaching college soccer. His mother is a baseball fanatic who hasn't missed seeing an Orioles game since 1983 (literally, sometimes it's annoying). His great uncle was a big-time boxing promoter and his maternal grandfather was once a department head at the Baltimore Sun. Basically, sports and journalism run through his blood. He played just about every little league sports there was when he was a kid and was a multi-sport athlete in high school; even playing in the first-ever high school sanction Rugby game in the country. Eventually he retired from sports as an undefeated Maryland state Rugby champion as a high school senior. Perhaps lack of athletic talent has more to do with the retirement, but he will tell you that it more had to do with a great desire to jump right into media. Upon his graduation from University of Maryland, Baltimore County as a triple communications major, Corey started the So Much Sports network and has continued to grow his websites and continues to work to make them premier sports media outlets.

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