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Men's Soccer Plays At St. Francis (Pa.) Monday Afternoon

Aug. 28, 2016

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Opponent St. Francis (Pa.) Red Flash
Date Monday, August 29, 2016
Time 1:00 p.m.
Location Loretto, Pennsylvania | Stokes Soccerplex
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Loyola Men’s Soccer
Loyola is in 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 (0-1-0, 0-0-0 Patriot League)
The Greyhounds had a rough start to their season as they missed a penalty kick in the sixth minute and then gave one up to LaSalle in the 63rd minute, falling 1-0 in the season opener.
Loyola outshot the Explorers, 19-8, through the match and held a 7-4 advantage in corner kicks.
Eight freshmen made their collegiate debuts in the game, with Jonathan Sousa , Nico Brown , Brian Saramago , Barry Sharifi , Josh Fawole all starting the match. Francisco Contreras , Shane Kastl and Morgan Lussi also saw playing time in the contest.
In addition, sophomore transfer Gabriel Carlsson made his Greyhound debut, starting the game.
Overall, six Greyhounds made their first career start, while Loyola also welcomed redshirt junior Ryan Tuck back to the back line, after he redshirted last season due to injury.
Saramago played all 90 minutes and led all players with seven shots, including putting two on goal.
In goal, senior Matt Sanchez played all 90 minutes and stopped three shots.
Sanchez spent a portion of the summer playing with the Puerto Rican National Team. He has started eight caps for the national team.

St. Francis (PA) Red Flash (0-1-0, 0-0-0 Northeast)
The Red Flash also had a tough start to the year as Duquesne’s golden goal gave the Dukes a 2-1 victory in both team’s season opener.
SFU scored first, in the 45th minute, before Duquesne found its equalizer in the 49th minute.
The Red Flash outshot the Dukes, 15-11, in a physical match that featured 29 fouls.
Stefan Sjekloca and Mario Mastrangelo led SFU with three shots in the game.
Mastrangelo returns after leading the Red Flash with 10 goals and 21 points a year ago.
In goal, Marcus Rojas played all 99:09 minutes vs. the Dukes, stopping four shots. Last season, he played 710 minutes through 10 games, starting seven. He allowed 0.63 goals per game and had an .848 save percentage.

Versus The Red Flash
• Loyola is 2-1-2 against St. Francis, with the two squads playing for the sixth-straight year.
• The Greyhounds won the inaugural meeting, 1-0, at home in 2011 and also earned a 1-0 win in 2013 at Ridley Athletic Complex. In 2012, the squads played to a scoreless draw at St. Francis.
• The Red Flash earned a 2-0 victory in the 2014 season opener in Loretto, Pennsylvania, before playing to a scoreless draw in last year’s meeting.
When playing at St. Francis, the Greyhounds are 0-1-2.

Up Next
• Loyola will remain on the road for a second-straight game, as it travels to Old Dominion for a 7 p.m. contest on Friday, Sept. 2.