BALTIMORE, Md. Graciano Brito (Sao Nicolau, Cape Verde) scored two goals, but the Quinnipiac University men's soccer team fell to the No. 16 Loyola Greyhounds, 5-4, Saturday afternoon. The loss, just Quinnipiac's second of the season, drops the Bobcats to 5-2-2 this season. Loyola remains undefeated with the win, improving its record to 8-0-1.
The Greyhounds jumped out to a 2-0 lead on goals from Jamie Darvill and Eddie Dines in the 19th and 26th minutes, respectively. Darvill beat Quinnipiac goalkeeper Freddy Hall (St. George, Bermuda) with a shot to the left side of the net. Dines' goal came as the result of a spin-move in the box shooting from 10 yards out for his third goal of the season.
Brito scored the Bobcats' lone goal of the first half. The senior forward carried the ball into the box before spinning around a Greyhound defender and firing a shot high into the net. The goal was his eighth of the season.
Loyola took a 4-1 lead in the second half with goals from Darvill and Phil Bannister. Darvill scored his second of the game in the 60th minute. Assisting on Darvill's second was Bannister who would add one of his own almost four minutes later in the 63rd minute.
The Bobcats began to mount an unorthodox comeback in the late stages of the game that began with Loyola scoring an own goal. On a Quinnipiac corner kick, a Greyhound defender redirected the crossing pass into his own goal in the 75th minute to bring the Bobcats to within two, 4-2.
Brito scored his second of the game in the 79th minute to make it a one goal game, 4-3. Fabricio Silva (Belo Horizonte, Brazil) pushed the ball ahead for a streaking Brito who fired a shot past the Loyola goalkeeper Milos Kocic to the lower right corner.
Freshman forward Durval Pereira (Cheshire, Conn.) tied the game, 4-4, with just over one minute remaining in the game. Dwayne Mars (St. Michael, Barbados) recorded an assist for the second straight game on a crossing pass to Pereira. He headed the ball into the right side of the net for his third of the season.
Loyola's Mark Jaskolski scored the game-winning goal with 31 seconds left. The goal was his first of the season and came after Darvill put a free kick into the box where Jaskolski kicked it past Hall into the left side of the net.
"This was a phenomenal game to be a part of," said Head Coach Eric Da Costa. "To be down 4-1 and battle back against a nationally-ranked team is a special thing. We had to use a lot of different players in a lot of different positions today. Our young players stepped up in a game that came down to the final 30 seconds to determine a winner."
The Bobcats' Hall recorded five saves, while Loyola's Kocic stopped seven Bobcat shots in earning the win.
The Bobcats return to action Friday, Oct. 10, when they play their first Northeast Conference game at Long Island in Brooklyn, N.Y. The game is scheduled for a 4:00 p.m. start.