No. 18 Men's Soccer Takes On Villanova In 2009 Opener

Aug. 28, 2009

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Game No. 1
#18 Loyola Greyhounds (0-0, 0-0) vs. Villanova Wildcats (0-0, 0-0)
Tuesday, September 1, 2009 • 5 p.m.
Baltimore, Maryland • Diane Geppi-Aikens Field

Game Data

  • The 18th-ranked Loyola Greyhounds kick off their 2009 season with a 5 p.m. home match on Tuesday, September 1, versus Villanova.
  • Tuesday's contest will be the first of the year for both teams.

Season Opener Promotion

  • Loyola first-year students!!! Come to the season-opening game and enter a raffle for a chance to win a flat-screen television! Every freshman at the game will have a chance to win, but the winner must be present for the drawing.

Hermann Trophy Hopes

  • Three Loyola players were named to the Missouri Athletic Club's Hermann Trophy Watch List. Senior back Tennant McVea, senior forward Jamie Darvill and junior forward Phil Bannister were recognized as three of the top 38 players in Division I Men's Soccer.
  • Loyola was one of two schools, joining 2008 NCAA Quarterfinalist Creighton, with three players on the list.
  • It marks the second season in a row at least one Loyola player has made the list. Last year, goalkeeper Milos Kocic was a Watch List member.

CLASS-Y Candidate

  • Senior back Tennant McVea was named a candidate for the 2009 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award. The Award, which is present at the NCAA College Cup, recognizes student-athletes who combine four attributes: classroom, community, character and competition. The list of 30 candidates will be trimmed to 10 midway through the season, and national coaches, fans and media will have the opportunity to vote for the winner.
  • McVea was an All-America First Team honoree by the NSCAA/adidas last season and is a two-time MAAC Defensive Player of the Year.
  • In addition to McVea being named a candidate, Loyola women's soccer player Theresa Ferraina was tabbed a candidate for the women's award.

Looking Back

  • Loyola finished the 2008 season with an 18-2-1 record and its second-straight trip to the NCAA College Cup Second Round. The Greyhounds reached as high as sixth in the national NSCAA/adidas coaches poll and finished the year at 15th.
  • Jamie Darvill and Tennant McVea took home MAAC Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year honors, respectively. Mark Mettrick was named the league's Coach of the Year. McVea and Mettrick earned their honors for the second years in a row.
  • McVea became Loyola's first NSCAA First Team All-American since Zach Thornton earned the recognition in 1993. Goalkeeper Milos Kocic earned All-America Second Team honors from the NSCAA, while Darvill picked up Top Drawer Soccer Third Team laurels.

Goal-Scoring Pair

  • Jamie Darvill and Phil Bannister formed the best goal-scoring tandem in NCAA Division I Men's Soccer last season. Darvill tallied 14 goals, and Bannister scored 13, and their combined total of 27 was the most by two players on the same team in 2008.
  • In addition, the duo finished with 73 total points - Darvill (14g, 11a, 39p), Bannister (13g, 8a, 34p) - the most by any two players.

Scorers Return

  • Loyola scored 49 goals in 21 matches last season, finishing second in Division I with a 2.33 goals per game average. Of those goals, all but one was scored by players back on the 2009 roster, and 40 of the team's 48 assists last year return.

In The Pros

  • Following the 2008 season, All-American goalkeeper Milos Kocic was selected in by the D.C. United in the MLS SuperDraft. Kocic has played in several games for United, including an international friendly against Real Madrid.
  • Zach Thornton `94 was named to the MLS All-Star game for the sixth time. The Chivas USA goalkeeper is one of just two MLS goalkeepers to win 100 games in his career.
  • Mike Burke continued his 12-year profession career with the Richmond Kickers this season, his team since 2001. Burke leads the USL Second Division with eight assists and is tied for fifth with seven goals. His 22 points are fourth in the league through August 28.

Can't Make It To The Game?

  • All Loyola men's soccer home matches will be broadcast live on the web! Click on the link at the top of the game notes, or here to watch all the action!

Looking Ahead

  • Loyola hosts a men's-women's soccer doubleheader on Friday, September 4, when the Greyhound men take on Mount St. Mary's at 2 p.m. The women follow against Boston University at 5 p.m.