May 25, 2004
Barcelona, Spain - The Loyola men's soccer team played its third and final game in Spain today and fell to a strong Espanyol Reserve squad. The Greyhounds finish 2-1 on their Barcelona Tour and take in a match between the World Champion Brazilian National Team and Catalunya Select before returning home later this week.
After winning their first two matches by a combined 8-1 score, the 'Hounds were blanked by Espanyol Reserve, 7-0. The pro team, with players from 20-25 years of age, took advantage of a tired and out-of-season Loyola squad. Justin Chelland, who gave up all seven goals, still played well in the cage as the Greyhound offense was stymied for the first time on their Spanish trip.
The 12-day tour wraps up with the final training session on Wednesday at Espanyol's facilities. Tonight, the Greyhounds return to Olympic Stadium for their second professional soccer match.
On Sunday, 52,000 people filled Olympic Stadium as Espanyol fought for the right to remain in the first division of "La Liga". They played a Murcia Spanish first division team and won a very close 2-0 match. The crowd, in International soccer fashion, stormed the field after the match in jubilation.
The Greyhounds will return to the states and return to action this fall with their first exhibition match in August.