BALTIMORE, Md. -
Set pieces contributed to each goal on the day but in the end the Cal State Northridge Matadors fell 2-1 to the Loyola University Maryland Greyhounds on Sunday afternoon at the Ridley Athletic Complex. With the defeat the Matadors move to 2-2-0 while the Greyhounds improve to 1-1-1.
The first half was one of posession for the Matadors as Northridge controlled the pace of play throughout. Northridge led the shot margin 6-2 at the break and had more dangerous chances.
The Matadors were the first to score in the match after drawing a foul and a free kick in the 41st minute. Jose Luis Garcia played the ball short to Sagi Lev-Ari, who lined the ball through traffic into the back of the net from 21 yards out. Lev-Ari now has three goals and six points on the season to lead the Northridge offense.
The lead did not last long, however, as the Greyhounds responded with their first goal of the season just under three minutes later. A corner kick by Connor Thompson found the head of Larry Ndjock for the equalizer just before halftime.
A free kick for Loyola in the 67th minute of play broke the deadlock as a cross from Kevin Curran was met by the head of Ndjock for his second goal of the match.
The Northridge defense was able to clamp down late in the match to give the offense opportunities to tie but the Matadors were unable to find the net.
Ndjock received the match's only caution as the forward was shown the yellow card late in the match for dissent.
The Matadors wrap up their season-opening road trip on Friday, Sept. 7 with a 1 p.m. match at UNLV. Northridge's home opener is set for September 14 at 7 p.m. against Army.