Loyola Clips Men’s Soccer, 1-0, With Late Golden Goal in MVC Semifinal

first_img EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Aidan Megally scored a golden goal for Loyola in a 1-0 victory over the Drake University men’s soccer team Friday, Nov. 9 in a Missouri Valley Conference Tournament semifinal match at Arad McCutchan Stadium. PDF Box Score Late in the first overtime period, Drake nearly won it twice. First when redshirt junior Cole Poppen (Ankeny, Iowa) hit a blast from deep that was saved by Ramblers’ goalkeeper Josh Lagudah. Moments later, sophomore Leroy Enzugusi (Marion, Iowa) sent a low ball past a diving Lagudah, who had left his line, but the ball hit the far post. Two minutes before those shots on target, Antonio Sanchez (Iowa City, Iowa) had his shot blocked. Drake appeared to have an open net in the 38th minute as Ryan Johnston (West Des Moines, Iowa) took a shot, but Grant Stoneman, the MVC Defensive Player of the Year, was hustling back and saved the goal by clearing the shot attempt wide for a team save. “Painful to process as the result didn’t match the performance,” said Drake head coach Gareth Smith. “I’m immensely proud of our team tonight as we were terrific and we deserved more from the game. This was our most complete performance of the season and all we were missing was a finishing touch. Our performance was even more remarkable given that we played on Wednesday and Loyola came into the game fresh. We will take time to reflect and looking to build on this to for next year.” In the opening half, Drake had its first quality scoring chance of the match in the 13th minute off a Poppen corner kick. Steven Enna (Overland Park, Kan.), the hero in Wednesday’s quarterfinal win over Valpo, flicked a header, but Loyola’s defense cleared it out. Later, Lagudah made a save off another Enna header in the 23rd minute. Story Linkscenter_img Johnston and Enna each had shots on goal in the second half. Less than two minutes away from penalty kicks, Drake (7-7-3) had its 2018 season end after Megally played a ball from Alec Lasinski inside the box and shot it into the back of the net past a diving Jared Brown (Aurora, Ontario) in the 108th minute. Loyola (10-6-2) advanced to Sunday’s title game where it will play regular season champion, Central Arkansas, which beat Missouri State in penalty kicks, 5-4, in the other semifinal match. “I would like to thank our seniors Ryan, Steven, Nic, Paul and Alex for the opportunity to coach them and be part of their development over these past four years,” Smith said. “They are a remarkable group of young men who have served our program with class both on and off the field and have without doubt left a lasting legacy.” Print Friendly Version Four seniors, Paul Ciszewski (Germantown, Wis.), Enna, Nic Jaimes (Olathe, Kan.) and Alex Peterson (St. Cloud, Minn.) played their final matches for the Bulldogs on Friday night.  A fifth senior Ryan Merideth (East Moline, Ill.) suffered a season-ending knee injury in preseason camp. Merideth elected not to use his final season of eligibility in 2019 and instead the 2017 CoSIDA Third Team Academic All-American is applying to medical schools. All five had outstanding careers for the Blue and White. Full Schedule Roster last_img

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