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Men's Soccer Begins Season Friday, Hosts LaSalle

Aug. 24, 2016

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Opponent LaSalle Explorers
Date Friday, August 26, 2016
Time 7:00 p.m.
Location Baltimore, Maryland | Ridley Athletic Complex
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Loyola Men’s Soccer
Loyola is beginning its 74th season as a men’s soccer program, its 35th year of competition as an NCAA Division I program and its fourth season as a member of the Patriot League.
The 2013 season was Loyola’s inaugural year as a member of the Patriot League. The Greyhounds posted a 2-6-1 record in League play in 2013, a 2-5-2 mark in 2014 and an 0-8-1 record last year.
Prior to joining the Patriot League, Loyola was a member of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference for 24 years. From 1989-2012, the Greyhounds posted an overall record of 167-24-8 in conference games and claimed 16 MAAC Regular Season and 12 MAAC Tournament titles.

Loyola Greyhounds (0-0-0, 0-0-0 Patriot League)
Loyola returns 14 Greyhounds to its roster from 2015 and eight who started at least one game, although only four of those eight started more than 10 games a year ago.
Four returners contributed offensively in 2015, with Loyola returning five goals, three assists and 13 points.
Sophomore Xander Saling is the top returning goal (3) and point (6) scorer, while senior Brennan Goldsmith contributed one goal and one assist, sophomore A. Mickey Watson had one goal and senior Laurin Vogel added two assists.
Loyola’s defense will boast the most experience, as redshirt junior Ryan Tuck , who returns after a redshirt season, and Watson return to the Greyhounds’ back line.
Senior Matt Sanchez will once again be Loyola’s netminder after starting 16 games and logging 1480 minutes in goal in 2015. Sanchez also spent a portion of the summer playing with the Puerto Rican National Team, starting eight caps for the national team.

LaSalle Explorers (0-0-0, 0-0-0 Atlantic 10)
LaSalle hired Rob Irvine in July to take over the helm of the program after Pat Farrell, the program’s winningest head coach, announced his retirement in June after 45 years with the program and 29 as the head coach.
Irvine joins the Explorers after spending eight seasons as an assistant at Penn and the last two as the head coach at Kean.
The Explorers lost their top goal scorer from last season, Andrew Connors, who scored seven goals and had 14 points, and Joe Farrell, who was tied with Tony Daniele, the team’s top returning scorer, with two goals, three assists and seven points.
Mike Liska returns to the lineup wiht Daniele after leading the team with five assists a year ago.
In goal, Mike Kirk returns after logging 1101 minutes between the pipes in 12 games. He finished the season with a 1.80 goals-against average and a .656 save percentage.
Cameron Keys also returns after playing six games and 520 minutes in goal. He recorded a 1.39 goals-against average and a .714 save percentage.

Versus The Explorers
Loyola holds an overall record of 9-2-0 when facing La Salle.
The two programs met every year from 1982-91 as members of the MAAC, with Loyola winning all five of those contests.
When the series was renewed in 2012, the Explorers claimed their first victory, a 1-0 win at Ridley Athletic Complex.
The Greyhounds won the two meetings after that, a 5-3 decision in Philadelphia in 2013 and 1-0 in overtime in 2014 in Baltimore, but LaSalle used a set piece goal in the 54th minute to come out on top of a 1-0 decision in Philadelphia last year.

Season Openers
• Loyola is 44-23-7 in season openers and 20-13-5 since joining NCAA Division I in 1979.
Under head coach Steve Nichols , Loyola is 0-1-1 in season openers.

Up Next
• Loyola will head on the road for a pair of games at St. Francis (Pa.) and Old Dominion.
The Greyhounds will face the Red Flash on Monday, Aug. 29 at 1 p.m., before heading to the Monarchs on Friday, Sept. 2, for a 7 p.m. contest.