Aug. 18, 2009
BALTIMORE - Coming off two consecutive trips to the NCAA College Cup Second Round, the Loyola men's soccer team received the No. 18 national ranking in the preseason poll conducted by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) and adidas.
The Greyhounds, who finished the 2008 campaign with an 18-2-1 record and the No. 15 national ranking, open the 2009 season with a September 1 home match against Villanova at 5 p.m.
"We are pleased to be recognized with the best teams in the nation," Loyola Head Coach Mark Mettrick said. "We are working hard in preseason practices to continue to improve and be at the top level."
Defending national champion Maryland topped the poll, while North Carolina, Wake Forest, Akron and St. John's rounded out the top five. Creighton, Indiana, California, Northwestern and Illinois-Chicago filled out the next five, and South Florida, Connecticut, Notre Dame, Tulsa and UC Irvine took spots 11 through 15.
UC Santa Barbara and Dartmouth came in at 16th and 17th, just in front of Loyola. UCLA and Michigan State completed the top 20.
Last week, Loyola became one of only two schools nationally - Creighton is the other - to have three players named to the 2009 Missouri Athletic Club Hermann Trophy Watch List.
Loyola has compiled a 37-5-2 record over the last two years, earning national rankings in each of the seasons.
In addition to being able to watch Loyola's season opener live at Diane Geppi-Aikens Field, fans from out of the area and unable to attend the match can see all Loyola home contests live on Greyhounds' All-Access, a live video streaming feature on www.loyolagreyhounds.com.