Men's Soccer Garners National Ranking

Aug. 13, 2008

Baltimore, Md. - The Loyola men's soccer team garnered national ranking in the NSCAA and College Soccer News preseason polls released this week. The Greyhounds, who advanced to the second round of the 2007 NCAA College Cup are receiving votes in the NSCAA poll and are No. 28 in the Soccer News poll.

The NSCAA poll has Wake Forest No. 1 and posts a weekly Top-25 ranking during the season. The Greyhounds are receiving 11 points in the poll, which ranks them ahead of Duke (8 pts) and Virginia (7 pts).

In the College Soccer News poll, the Greyhounds are 28 out of 30 ranked teams. Each of the Top-30 receive a write-up and for Loyola it reads, "A young Greyhound team finished the 2007 season with an impressive 19-3-1 record and advanced to the 2nd round of the NCAA Tourney where they lost to Maryland in penalty kicks. Returning players include forward Phil Bannister (13g, 7a), midfielder Eddie Dines, backs Tennant McVea and Josh Taylor and goalkeeper Milos Kocic."

The Greyhounds begin the 2008 season on Labor Day Weekend, hosting the Black & Decker Soccer Classic at Diane Geppi-Aikens Field. Loyola will play Fordham on August 29 at 5 p.m. and Hartwick on August 31 at 2 p.m.