May 21, 2010
BALTIMORE - Loyola University Maryland men's soccer has added a pair of former opponents from the United Kingdom to its team, bring it's incoming Class of 2014 to a total of nine.
Stephen Dooley (Portstewart, Northern Ireland/Loreto College Coleraine) and Jamie Libby (Romford, England/Havering College) will play for the Greyhounds starting in the Fall of 2010.
The duo from the United Kingdom join Oumar Ballo (Baltimore, Md./Archbishop Curley H.S.), Sam Bradley (Potomac, Md./Winston Churchill H.S.), Alex Bullington (Forest Hill, Md./Calvert Hall College H.S.), Cameron Coppola (Louisville, Ky./Saint Xavier H.S.), Diego McQuestion (Baltimore, Md./Gilman School), Thurman Van Riper (Groton, Mass./Groton-Dunstable Regional H.S.) and Gary Weisbaum (Baltimore, Md./Pikesville H.S./New Mexico) to form the Class of 2014.
Dooley and Libby are not strangers to one another. They faced each other as members of their respective countries' teams at the 2009 Centenary Shield.
Dooley also helped Coleraine F.C. finish as the runners up in the 2008 Irish Cup, win the 2009 Northwest Cup and finish second in the 2010 CIS Cup. Dooley has won 11 caps over the past two years in International competition for the Northern Ireland Schoolboys U-18 and U-19 sides. He has also been selected to play for the U-23 squad. Dooley helped Northern Ireland share the 2009 Centenary Shield with England, and he helped the U-19 team win the 2009 Milk Cup.
"We have seen Stephen play over the last two years with the U-18 Northern Ireland Schoolboy National Team, and we have been very impressed," Loyola Head Coach Mark Mettrick said. "He is a quality attacking player who brings excellent pace to our attack. Stephen is experienced internationally after playing with the U-18 Schoolboys, and he is one of the top players out of Northern Ireland. Stephen is also a top quality student who is going to be an excellent fit for Loyola academicly and athletically."
He started, and played every minute of the season, for the U-18 English Schools Football Association National team that went on to share the Centenary Shield with Northern Ireland. His English side conceded only one goal during the campaign the win a share of the Shield that is competed for by England, the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. He was also the captain of the team for a game at legendary Wembley Stadium against the French U-18 team.
"Jamie brings international experience as a former captain of the Under-18 English Schoolboys Team," Mettrick said. "He is a strong central defender who is good in the air and will bring good leadership to our team."