Sharifi's Header Sends Men's Soccer Past Villanova, 1-0
BALTIMORE - Sophomore Barry Sharifi’s header off of junior Gabriel Carlsson’s corner kick in the 82nd minute proved to be the difference in the Loyola University Maryland men’s soccer team’s 1-0 win over Villanova Saturday night at Ridley Athletic Complex.
With the shutout, freshman Chase Vosvick now has three in six games this season.
Neither team could gain momentum through the first half, with Villanova – a team that advanced to the 2016 NCAA Tournament – holding a 5-2 advantage in shots at the break, and Loyola (3-1-1 overall) earning a 4-2 edge in corner kicks. The Greyhounds’ best opportunity of the period came in the 24th minute when Sharifi won a ball on the wing and junior Jake Campbell played it to a streaking Carlsson. Villanova goalkeeper Will Steiner made a diving save on the attempt though.
Loyola also had a series of chances early in the second half that it was unable to capitalize on. In the 52nd minute, Sharifi chipped a ball that just missed hitting the right corner of the goal. Steiner then blocked a shot by freshman Sam Brown that turned into a scrum in the box in the 55th minute, but the Greyhounds were unable to break through the Wildcats’ defense.
Defensively, senior Matt Bautista cleared Max Kroschwitz’s header that hit off the post out of the box in the 49th minute and Vosvick earned four saves in goal, including turning back Theo Quartley point-blank shot from inside of the 6-yard box in the 74th minute, to preserve the shutout.
For the game, Villanova (2-3-0) outshot Loyola, 12-6, but the Greyhounds earned a 6-4 advantage in corner kicks.
Loyola will return to action on Friday, as they travel to SMU for an 8 p.m. ET kickoff.