Battle Between Undefeated Men's Soccer, American Set For Wednesday Afternoon In DC

Match Information
Opponent American Eagles
Date Wednesday, October 4, 2016
Time 3:00 p.m.
Location Washington, D.C.
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Wednesday's Game
Loyola and American are the lone undefeated teams in League play, both sporting  2-0-0 records.
The Greyhounds’ two wins to start conference play, a 2-0 win at Lafayette and a 2-1 overtime victory over Navy, marks their best start since they won their first three MAAC contests in 2009.
American has not given up a goal in Patriot League play as the Eagles recorded a pair of shutout in their first two League contests, a 3-0 win over Colgate and a 2-0 victory at Boston University.
The Eagles were picked as the preseason favorite in the Preseason Patriot League Poll.
Loyola is riding a three-game win streak, while the Greyhounds are also on a six-game scoring streak, their longest since scoring in eight straight games in 2013. 

Loyola Greyhounds (4-5-0, 2-0-0 Patriot League)
The Greyhounds are one of two Patriot League teams to start conference play 2-0-0 this season.
Loyola’s 2-0-0 start to League play is its best conference start since 2009, when it began Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference play with three-straight wins in 2009.
In scoring four goals on 18 shots, Loyola’s .222 shot percentage is tops in Patriot League play.
Sophomore Gabriel Carlsson, a transfer from South Florida, leads Loyola with three points through League play, scoring one goal and adding one assist. Sophomore A. Mickey Watson and freshmen Josh Fawole and Brian Saramago have also scored a conference goal this year, while freshman Barry Sharifi is tied for the lead in the Patriot League with two assists.
For the season, Sharifi has a team-best eight points (3g, 2a), while Saramago is second with seven points (3g, 1a). Carlsson is third with five points on one goal and a team-best three assist.
Ten freshmen have made their collegiate debuts so far this season; Nico Brown, Michael Colao, Francisco Contreras, Fawole, Kastl, Morgan Lussi, Saramago, Sharifi and Jonathan Sousa, in addition to redshirt freshman Sam Carter.
In goal, senior Matt Sanchez has played all 815 minutes this season. He has stopped 28 shots and has a 1.66 GAA. 

American Eagles (5-3-3, 2-0-0 Patriot League)
The Eagles are 3-1-0 at home turf and are outscoring their opposition 11-6 in those contests.
Joe Iraola leads the League with 15 points on six goals and three assists, while five other Eagles - Vinny Barone, Chris Fanet, Joel Hart, Dale Ludwig and Garritt Muzikowski - have two goals.
In goal, Lucas Belanger has played 1039 minutes and has posted a 1.47 goals-against average and a .702 save percentage. 

Versus The Eagles
American is Loyola’s most storied rival in the Patriot League, as the two teams have met 42 times.
The Greyhounds hold a 23-15-4 lead in the series, but the two teams split the last four meetings.
Loyola is 1-2 against American since joining the Patriot League with the Greyhounds’ first-ever Patriot League victory being a 3-1 decision over the Eagles on October 30, 2013.

Up Next
Loyola returns home to host Boston University in a 1 p.m. match at Ridley Athletic Complex.