Aug. 28, 2007
Baltimore, Md. - Loyola's men's soccer team begins the 2007 season this Friday night at Princeton. The Greyhounds have played the Tigers in each of the past eight years and have opened the season with Princeton two of the last three years. Friday's game is slated for 7 p.m. at Princeton Stadium.
The last time Loyola traveled to Princeton for its season opener was in 2005 and the Greyhounds prevailed 2-1 with goals from Vinnie Piscopo and Brian O'Connor. Last year, the Tigers won on Loyola's turf and now the `Hounds return to New Jersey with a young, but talented side that graduated seven seniors from last year's squad.
Head Coach Mark Mettrick begins his eighth season at Loyola with first-year assistant coach Matt Dwyer at his side.The staff hopes that blending youth with experience will equal success on the field with another challenging schedule that begins at Princeton and Fordham this weekend.
This year's seniors are Janson Blake, Julian Cantillo and Camilo Correa - all of whom have received playing time since their freshmen campaigns and are expected to contribute in leadership roles on and off the field for the program. Team captains are junior Josh Taylor and sophomore Tennant McVea, both of whom emerged as team leaders during the 2006 campaign, and are expected to contribute heavily to the overall team success in 2007, while sophomore Jamie Darvill is the top returning scorer with six goals and 15 points last season.
Sunday's game at Fordham is a 1 p.m. start and will take place at Coffey Field. The Rams were 9-3-5 in 2006 while Princeton is coming off a 6-8-3 campaign.