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Ndjock's Overtime Tally Lifts Loyola Past Men's Soccer

Nov. 9, 2013

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(4-6-8, 2-5-2)
  1 2 OT F
Lafayette 0 0 0 0
Loyola 0 0 1 1
Box Score (PDF) | Box Score

(7-8-2, 2-6-1)
 Scoring Summary
 Player  Assist Time
LOY - Ndjock Marshall 94:42
 Player Mins GA S
 LC - McDonald 94:42 1 2
 LOY - Kane 94:42 0 2

BALTIMORE, Md. – Larry Ndjock’s game-winning overtime goal broke a scoreless tie and erased Lafayette’s chances of making the postseason on Saturday night at Ridley Athletic Complex.

Lafayette entered the game knowing it controlled its destiny in terms of qualifying for the Patriot League tournament after results earlier in the day. Bucknell defeated Boston University 1-0 in overtime and American held on to beat Colgate 2-1 to set up a win-and-get in scenario for the Leopards.

The first chance of the game went to Loyola less than ten minutes in when Ndjock got free inside the 18 on the left side and fired a right footed shot that just missed wide of the near post.

Lafayette earned the next two opportunities of the opening half. The first resulted from an overlapping run by Nate Arronson down the left flank that set up a pass inside for Alec Golini and a shot from the top of the box that sailed wide left. Later in the 26th minute Jeff McLaughlin collected a loose ball and carried into the box before trying to chip the goalkeeper, but he misfired above the bar.

With 90 seconds to play in the first half Greg Biggiani unleashed a low shot from just outside the corner of the Loyola penalty area that skidded just wide of the far post as the teams went into the locker room without a goal for either side.  

Early in the second half, Nathan McDonald was tested by Diego McQuestion’s left footed shot that made him dive right and smother the shot to keep the game deadlocked at 0-0.

After Ndjock had a shot blocked by Julian Plummer in front of McDonald, Lafayette came within inches of taking control of the match. Peter Adubato won a battle and came away with the ball before bending a shot from 20 yards out that rang off the corner of the post and crossbar.

Dominic Marshall made a number of step-over moves to free himself up for a shot with four minute to go in regulation time, but McDonald stuck out his left hand to stop the attempt and chased down the rebound as the score held at 0-0.

A little more than three minutes into the first overtime, Ndjock took a pass from Connor Thompson on the left side and from just outside the six-yard box he tried to find the far post but it missed just wide to the right.

Minutes later Ndjock found the game winner with his left-footed shot off the post to give Loyola the victory. Marshall fed the through ball to Ndjock who took a touch before finishing the decisive tally.

Each goalie made two saves in the game as Zach Kane earned the shutout victory for the Greyhounds.

Lafayette ends its 2013 season at 4-6-8 overall and 2-5-2 in the Patriot League. 

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