Feb. 3, 2005
Baltimore, Md. - Bobby Shuttleworth and Josh Taylor have committed to Loyola College, head soccer coach Mark Mettrick announced today. Shuttleworth, a goalkeeper, and Taylor, a defender, will join the Greyhounds for the 2005 fall season.
Shuttleworth is a 6-2 keeper from Buffalo, N.Y. He played for Buffalo United Soccer Club and was a four-year starter at Nichols High School, where he also plays point guard for the boy's basketball team.
"Bobby has good size, he's a good athlete and we feel he's going to get better," says Mettrick.
Shuttleworth holds the school record with 48 career shutouts and was twice named team MVP. He captained Nichols to a 20-2-1 record his senior year, finishing with a 0.27 goals-against average.
"One of our major recruiting goals was to bring in a goalkeeper for next season," says Mettrick. "We feel that Bobby [Shuttleworth] has a tremendous upside and will immediately strengthen our goalkeeping squad."
Taylor is a 5-11 back who captained Archbishop Curley his junior and senior seasons. He is also captain of his club team, the Baltimore Bays, which is currently ranked 14th in the nation.
"I think Josh has a very good character with a lot of leadership potential," says Mettrick.
While at Archbishop Curley, Taylor earned all-state, all-metro, all-city, all-county and All-MIAA Conference honors. His club team won the 2003 Region I Premier League Championship and 2004 State Cup Championship after falling to Freddy Adu's Bethesda in the State Cup Finals three consecutive seasons.
"With the graduation of Chase Franklin, it was also important that we bring in a rugged, no-nonsense defender," says Mettrick. "I feel that Josh [Taylor] brings a blue-collar approach to the game and he will strengthen our team immediately."
Shuttleworth and Taylor join a Loyola team that won its sixth consecutive regular season MAAC title last season. The Greyhounds finished 11-6-1 overall and won eight of their final nine regular season contests. The 2005 season is scheduled to begin September 2 at Princeton.