Men's Soccer

Loyola Men’s Soccer Shuts Out George Washington in First A-10 Victory

Courtesy of Rudi AyasseGraduate forward Fabian Becerra scored his third goal of the season in Loyola's 4-0 victory over George Washington University Sept. 24.

In a match with back-and-forth offensive chances and 90 minutes of high-energy play, the Loyola men’s soccer team (5-1-2) beat George Washington University (GWU) 4-0 Sept. 24 at Loyola Soccer Park. The crushing victory marked the Ramblers’ first A-10 victory in program history and its fifth consecutive victory at home.

Early in the first half, Loyola pushed the ball deep into GWU’s end, keeping possession alive by winning contested balls and performing textbook tackles. Just two minutes into the half, junior defensive midfielder Julian Cisneros reached the edge of the box and sent a powerful shot to the goal, but it sailed just high of the net.

In the eighth minute, the Ramblers earned their first corner kick, which was sent into the box by senior midfielder Marc Torrellas. Rushing to the goal, redshirt senior midfielder Billy Hency sprinted past defenders and delivered a header into the bottom right corner of the goal, giving Loyola an early 1-0 lead.

After the goal, back-and-forth play ensued as both teams attempted to create offensive chances, but neither was able to record a shot. GWU’s Carter Humm attempted to shut down Loyola’s possession with a late slide tackle on Hency, receiving a yellow card for unsporting behavior in the 19th minute.

Gaining energy after Hency won a contested ball, sophomore forward John Gates dribbled into the Colonials’ end and passed the ball back to Hency. With a defender and the goalie to beat, Hency ran down the pitch and delivered a close shot to the net, but GWU’s Ryan Cedeno slid to block Hency’s shot.

Keeping up the pressure, Cisneros sent a shot towards the goal that was blocked by GWU goalkeeper Justin Grady in the 34th minute. Gates capitalized on the rebound off Grady’s hands and quickly sunk the ball into the bottom center of the goal, ending the first half with a 2-0 Loyola lead.

The Ramblers dominated the game offensively by netting 12 shots compared to the Colonials’ one. Despite Loyola picking up eight fouls in the half, GWU earned the only yellow card of the half.

To start the second half, graduate forward Fabian Becerra weaved past defenders and pushed the ball into GWU’s box. Becerra rushed towards the goal and quickly threaded a shot just past a sliding defender into the bottom right corner of the net in the 50th minute, giving Loyola a 3-0 lead.

Not slowing down, Loyola maintained its high-powered offensive force and rushed back into GWU’s end. In the 53rd minute, senior forward Alex Moskal found himself with only the goalkeeper to beat, booting the ball between Grady’s legs to deliver Loyola a 4-0 victory.

Loyola’s offense overwhelmed GWU the entire match, attempting 20 shots while taking 10 on goal. On the other end of the pitch, graduate goalkeeper Simon Jillson earned his fifth clean sheet of the season, saving two shots on goal while helping lead the Ramblers’ defense.

Loyola Head Coach Steve Bode said his team needed the win after suffering a 2-1 loss against Duquesne University Sept. 17, adding that his players put the loss behind them to prepare for the match.

“Scoring four goals and getting the shutout was a great way to respond after a disappointing result last weekend,” Bode said. “The guys really worked hard this week to be prepared for this game.”

Up next, the Ramblers are set to travel to St. Louis to face St. Louis University Oct. 1. Kick-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. and broadcast information has yet to be announced.

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