Jan. 23, 2006
Baltimore, Md. - The Loyola College men's soccer team has announced its spring schedule for 2006. Playing all of its matches in the Greater Baltimore-Washington region, the Greyhounds feature local rivals and give fans a chance to come out and see them compete.
"It's a great chance for recruits to come watch us play," says Head Coach Mark Mettrick in reference to this spring's list of games. "But more importantly, it will help us prepare for the fall."
In addition to it's regular tour of tough local programs, the Greyhounds will host The Shootout for Cancer at the Germantown Soccerplex on Saturday, April 8 and host the Alumni Game at Diane Geppi-Aikens Field on Friday, April 21.
The spring begins at George Washington on Saturday, February 25. The Colonials finished 8-6-3 last season, but Head Coach George Lidster returns a pair of All-Atlantic 10 players in Abimbola Pedro and Michael Rollings for 2006.
The Greyhounds play one match in the month of March, a Sunday contest (March 26) at Georgetown. The Hoyas earned a 10-9-1 mark in 2005, advancing to the Quarterfinals of the Big East Tournament. Head Coach Keith Tabatznik finished the year with 210 career victories and will have All-Big East forward Ricky Schramm and goalie Andrew Keszler (fifth on GU's all-time shutout list) back next season.
Loyola opens the month of April in Annapolis when it takes on Navy. Under the guidance of first-year Head Coach Rich Miranda, the Mishipmen finished 8-6-2 in the fall earning Miranda Patriot League Coach of the Year honors. Addy Strasdas, who scored 10 points in his junior year, was a second-team All-Patriot League honoree.
The Shootout for Cancer will take place the following Saturday and will be followed by the Alumni Game. The Greyhounds close the spring at George Mason, a team it defeated during the 2004 season. The Patriots finished 7-7-4 last season and lose CAA Defender of the Year Anthony Noreiga to graduation. Head Coach Greg Andrulis does return goalkeeper Eric Barnes, who had a successful campaign in goal as a freshman.
Loyola, meanwhile, loses leading scorer Vinnie Piscopo, but does return regional All-America and first-team All-MAAC defender Gabriel Ortega as well as All-MAAC selections Rade Kokovic, Danny Wheelan, Phil Brierley and Josh Taylor. The Greyhounds ended last season with an 8-9-2 overall record and were unbeaten in eight of their final 10 regular season games. 2004 MAAC Player of the Year Omar Alfonso (who sat out last season with an injury) and three-year starter in goal Justin Chelland also return for 2006.
2006 Spring Soccer Schedule
Feb. 25at George Washington
March 26at Georgetown
April 1at Navy
April 8Shootout for Cancer (Germantown Soccerplex)
April 21Alumni Game (Diane Geppi-Aikens Field)
April 29at George Mason