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Saramago’s PK in OT puts Hounds past Mids

By: Bryan Encarnacao

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A late penalty kick capped off an impressive comeback for the Loyola men’s soccer team against in-state Patriot League rival Navy on Saturday. Freshman Brian Saramago converted the 93rd minute penalty to seal the deal as Loyola remained unbeaten in conference play.

Loyola found themselves down early when Navy converted a penalty kick in the 26th minute. Sam Bascom finished the Mids effort past Greyhound goalkeeper Matt Sanchez.

The Greyhounds came out of that quite aggressive and it resulted in many fouls against them. In the game, they were called for 21 fouls, but the aggressiveness also let to a 15-7 shot advantage and 5-2 advantage on corner kicks in the game.

In the second half alone the Greyhounds out-shot the Mids 10-2. Just 50 seconds out of halftime, Gabriel Carlsson tied the game with a rocketed one-touch shot into the top corner off a Barry Sharifi cross.

Navy heavily relied on counter-attacks in the second half, but showing the Greyhounds growth, those counter’s that cost the young Loyola team early in the year, were not not. Loyola was able to hold tight defensively to stop the Mids attack and then controlled the ball on the other end of the field.

While Loyola probably should have gotten the game-winner in regulation with as much pressure as they were putting on Navy, freshman Nico Brown drew a foulr in the box to set Saramago up for the penalty kick and came out victorious.

Loyola will make a short trip down to Washington DC on Wednesday to play American in a Patriot League game before returning home on Saturday, Oct. 8 to host Boston University at 1 pm.

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