Feb. 5, 2009
BALTIMORE - Loyola Head Men's Soccer Coach Mark Mettrick announced the signing of five student-athletes today who will join the Greyhounds in the fall of 2009. Four of the five signees are from the Baltimore-Maryland area or have connections to the region.
The 2013 class includes: Gregory DiNardo (Salisbury, Md.), Cesar Ramos (Baltimore, Md.), Matt Tyrie (Kingsville, Md.), Hector Arellano (Virginia Beach, Va.) and Kevin Davis (Blackwood, N.J.)
"We have a demanding schedule in 2009 and it is going to be important that our recruiting class is ready to contribute right away ," said Mettrick, the 2008 NSCAA/adidas North Atlantic Coach of the Year.
We think this group of players has a good mentality and will compete for playing time. We are especially pleased to sign a number of promising local players."
Gregory DiNardo is a native of Salisbury, Md., who attended Episcopal High School in Alexandria, Va. A four-year starter for Episcopal, DiNardo scored 38 goals and added 30 assists in his decorated career. He captained the team his senior year and was named a Virginia All-State Team selection in 2008, as well as a Washington Post All Metropolitan Team selection.
Behind DiNardo, Episcopal went a perfect 23-0 in 2008 and won the Virginia State Championship, meriting a national ranking of No. 13 from NSCAA/adidas. He was also a four-year starter in lacrosse. DiNardo is projected to play midfield for Loyola.
Cesar Ramos, is a technical midfielder from Baltimore, Md., who attended Archbishop Curley and played three years of varsity soccer. Last season, Ramos was named a Maryland All-State Selection, as well as a Baltimore Sun All-Metro and All-City selection. He plays his club soccer as a member of the Baltimore Bays Academy League team.
Matt Tyrie is a speedy forward from Kingsville, Md., who attended high school at Redeemer Classical Christian School. A prolific goalscorer, Tyrie tallied a school-record 138 goals in his career while leading his team to two consecutive undefeated seasons (2007: 21-0-0, 2008: 19-0-1) his junior and senior years.
In 2007, he was named a First Team NCSAA All-American and the Redeemer School Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year. A teammate of Ramos', Tyrie has played his club ball for the Baltimore Bays since 2005. The Bays won the 2007 Maryland State Cup and advanced to the semifinals of the Region 1 National Championship Series in Maine.
Hector Arellano is a combative midfielder who played two years of high school soccer in Annapolis, Md., before moving to Virginia Beach, Va., his junior season due to his father's career as a Naval Officer. He currently attends Floyd Kellam High School in the Virginia Beach area, and plays for the U.S. Soccer Development Academy's Virginia RUSH.
In 2008, Arellano played at Kellam High School and was named a Second Team All-State selection in Virginia, while also being named to the Principal's List as a 4.0 student and being in the top 5 percent of his class. Arellano earned his team's MVP award for both Kellam and Annapolis High School, where he attended as a freshman and a sophomore. He also participated for both the Maryland and Virginia Olympic Development Teams and in 2007, he was named a Super Y League ODP National Pool Selection. He is a versatile player who can play both at midfield or at defense.
Kevin Davis is a New Jersey native who rounds out the 2013 class. Davis attended Highland Regional High School in Blackwood, N.J., where he was a four-year starter. His senior season he was named a First Team All State selection and was the top vote getter in the conference. Despite being a defender, Davis led Highland in goals his junior and senior seasons.
Davis plays his club ball with the South Jersey Barons, and played for the Region 1 ODP team his senior season. In 2007 and 2008, he also participated in the ODP Super Y National Camp, and in the fall, he was named to the Super Y National Team.
The Greyhounds will be looking to make their third consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament this fall, which would establish a school record. In 2007 and 2008, Loyola advanced to the second round of back-to-back College Cups, posting a program-best 37-5-2 record over the two-year span.