Loyola Upsets No. 12 Terps 1-0 On Early Goal By Michael Nelson
Sept. 19, 2001
COLLEGE PARK, Md.- - Senior defender Michael Nelson (Marlton, N.J.) converted a header off a free kick less than two minutes into the match to lift Loyola over No. 12 Maryland 1-0 at Ludwig Field Wednesday night. Loyola is now 3-1-1, while the Terps fall to 3-2-0.
After a 10-day layoff since downing American 5-1 on Sept. 9, the Terrapins came out flat from the opening tap. Loyola didn't take long, with Nelson shocking the Terps early with the header at 1:40, the eventual game-winner. Maryland's best opportunity of the half came in the 30th minute when Scott Buete (Bowie, Md.) broke away streaking down the left sideline. The redshirt-sophomore fired a shot from 15 yards out that was snuffed out by Loyola keeper Reb Beatty (Annapolis, Md.) to preserve the 1-0 Loyola lead into the half.
In the 63rd minute, the Terps had another decent look when sophomore Seth Stammler (Gahanna, Ohio) tried a roller that went wide right from 35 yards out. The Greyhounds' counter attack haunted the Terps all night, however, and kept Maryland on the run the entire 90 minutes.
Loyola nearly stretched the lead to two goals off a deflected shot from Graham Marchant (Wakefield, England) with a little over 20 minutes remaining. Terps' keeper Noah Palmer (Williamsburg, Va.) was there for the leaping tip over the net. Palmer finished with four saves in the loss. Marchant wasn't done and tried to put the game away again in the 74th minute, this time missing the 25-footer just over the upper left corner of the goal.
Sophomore defender Philip Salyer (Dallas, Texas) had perhaps the best chance of the half for the Terps when Bryan Vitagliano (Scottsdale, Ariz.), playing in his first game this year after struggling with a back injury, found him in the center of the box after shaking his defender. It was not to be, however, as Beatty was there to deflect the shot over the endline. The Greyhound keeper ended the day with four saves and got the win.
The Terps' final legitimate chance for the equalizer came in the 85th minute with Siba Mohammed (Tamale, Ghana) was on the charge, but the play was called offsides. When the buzzer went off, Loyola had its first win against the Terps since Nov. 1, 1992 after scoring on Maryland for the first time since 1994.
Maryland next travels to Duke for a 1 p.m. contest this Sat., Sept. 22 at Koskinen Stadium. The match is both team's ACC opener. Loyola meets Rider in its conference opener on Saturday as well. That contest will be a home one for the Greyhounds and starts at 2 p.m.
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