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Hounds end season in Patriot League semis


Despite being upset, in no way is a semifinals loss to Colgate in the Patriot League Tournament a disappointing end to the season. The Loyola men’s soccer team was unable to overcome two second-half Raider goals in a 3-1 defeat on Friday but the turnaround the team made was simply remarkable, and way ahead of schedule.

After earning just one point in the Patriot League a year ago, Loyola turned everything over to a highly-touted freshman class, but while talented, there were expected to be a ton of growing pains. There were some, but the Greyhounds finished second in the conference and were unbeaten in Patriot League play until the final week of October. Expectations were far exceeded, but the team showed a great hope for the coming years.

On Friday, though, the Greyhounds couldn’t keep the magic going and had their season end in Washington DC at tournament host American University.

In just the 13th minute Ethan Kutler put the Raiders ahead with a goal off a corner kick sent in from Jared Stroud. The ball plopped into the box, there was no clear and Kutler netted his ninth goal of the year with the boot into the goal.

Though they were out-shot 10-6 in the first half, Loyola would not go into the break down a goal. Just seconds before halftime the Greyhounds earned a corner kick and Patriot League Rookie of the Year and first-team All-Conference striker Brian Saramago put it into the back of the net to tie the game.

They just were unable to net another one in the second half. Instead, the Raiders scored twice withing five minutes of each other to put the game away.

In the 71nd minute Stroud had another helper as he sent a long ball up the field. Zach Pagani took possession and beat Greyhounds goalkeeper Matt Sanchez low into the goal. Five minutes later Stroud added a goal to his two assists with a shot that fell under the crossbar. Oliver Harris slipped the ball to Stroud for the shot.

Sanchez, the Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Year, completed his final collegiate game with seven saves against Colgate.

The eight victories for the Greyhounds this season were more than the first two years combined under Nicols. They are the most since 2012 when the team went 13-6-1.

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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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