Loyola Defeats Iona 1-0 in MAAC Menís Soccer Semifinal

Courtesy:  MAAC Sports
Release:  November 09, 2012

Poughkeepsie, N.Y. - The Loyola University Maryland Greyhounds extended the team's overall record to 13-5-1 with a win over the Iona College Gaels in the 2012 MAAC Men's Soccer Championship semifinal Thursday evening. The victory will send the team to the MAAC Championship final on Saturday evening. The match will be broadcasted live on ESPN 3 beginning at 8pm.

The first and only goal of the game came late in the second half. Loyola's sophomore forward Conner Thompson scored with a header. Assists came from junior back Jamie Libby and senior back Zach Tweddell to take a 1-0 lead over the Gaels. 

Thurman Van Riper recorded nine saves for the Greyhounds. Borja Barbero closed out the season with five saves between the pipes for the Gaels.

Loyola will play the winner of the tournament's first semifinal, the third-seeded Niagara University Purple Eagles. The winner of the Championship Final match will earn an automatic bid to the 2012 NCAA Men's College Cup.

Game 2:



Loyola (13-5-1 overall)



Iona (7-11 overall)



Scoring: Loyola - Conner Thompson (Jamie Libby and Zach Tweddell) 77:08.

Saves: Loyola- Thurman Van Riper 9; Iona - Borja Barbero 6
Shots: Loyola 16, Iona 14
Corner Kicks: Loyola 3, Iona 4
Fouls: Loyola 19, Iona 12

Offsides: Loyola 1, Iona 0

Yellow Cards: Iona 1


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