Men's Soccer Kicks Off 2010 Season Wednesday At Campbell

Aug. 30, 2010


Game Information
Opponent Campbell
Date September 1, 2010
Time 7 p.m.
Location Buies Creek, N.C. | Eakes Athletic Complex
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Release the `Hounds

• The Greyhounds begin their season by traveling to Buies Creek, N.C., for a matchup against the Campbell Camels. The game also marks the season opener for Campbell.
• Loyola last started a season on the road in 2007, with a 2-1 win over Princeton on Aug. 31, 2007.
• On this date 24 years ago, Loyola opened its season at Campbell with a 2-0 victory. The Greyhounds finished the season with a 17-1-4 record and a trip to the NCAA Quarterfinals.
• Loyola enters Wednesday's contest going 41-21-3 in season openers in the program's history and 18-11-2 in first games since joining Division I in 1979. Head Coach Mark Mettrick has gone 6-4 at Loyola in season openers.
• Wednesday's game also marks Campbell's first of the season. The Camels won the Atlantic Sun Conference last year, compiling a 7-1-1 record in conference play en route to the title.

Series History

• Wednesday's game marks the third game in the series between Loyola and Campbell, with Loyola holding a 2-0 advantage.
• Loyola took the last meeting with a 1-0 win on Sept. 10, 2008. Eddie Dines scored the lone goal in the game's 53rd minute to push the Greyhounds' record to 4-0-0.
• The Greyhounds have not allowed a goal to Campbell in the series history.

Old Dogs

• Loyola returns 10 seniors in 2010 from last year's squad that won the MAAC Tournament and reached the College Cup for the 16th time in school history.
• Eight of this year's 10 seniors started for the Greyhounds last year, a team that led the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference in goals and assists and ranked second in shutouts.
• A diverse group of seven freshmen join the team this year. Representing the wide-ranging influence of soccer, Loyola welcomes newcomers from Northern Ireland, England, Kentucky, Massachusetts and Maryland.

Return of the MAAC (Favorites)

• Loyola leads the MAAC preseason coaches' poll as favorites to win the MAAC Championship, marking the third straight year that the Greyhounds have topped the preseason rankings.
• In addition to the team's accolade, Phil Bannister and Gerwyn Jones earned Preseason All-MAAC honors. Bannister also was named MAAC Preseason Player of the Year for the second time in his career, the first time coming in 2008. This year's poll marks three consecutive MAAC Preseason Players of the Year for Loyola (Bannister in `08, Jamie Darvill in `09, Bannister in `10).

Bannister Gets CLASSy

Phil Bannister was named as a candidate for the 2010 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award. Bannister is one of 30 men's soccer players selected as a candidate. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence - community, classroom, character and competition.

Records in Danger

• Several Loyola career records could fall this year. Phil Bannister enters the season just one assist shy of all-time career assists record of 29, shared by Marc Harrison (1992-1995) and Stan Koziol (1983-1987). Bannister tied the Loyola Division I record in assists last year with 13.
• Bannister also ranks in the all-time goals and points categories at Loyola as well. The senior forward enters the 2010 season sitting 13th on Loyola's career scoring list with 67 points and ranks 15th in career goals with 30.

O Captains! My Captains!

Phil Bannister, Eddie Dines and Charlie Hutton will serve as captains for the Greyhounds in 2010. The three seniors have started 159 games combined for Loyola throughout their school careers.

At the Helm

Mark Mettrick returns for his 11th season as the head coach of the Greyhounds. Mettrick has compiled at 127-57-18 record at Loyola, guiding the team to five College Cup appearances. He has also coached Loyola to seven regular-season MAAC championships and four MAAC Tournament titles.
• Mettrick is assisted by Matt Dwyer, who is in his fourth year as an assistant coach at Loyola. Steve Pfeil also joins the staff this year as an assistant coach. Pfeil, a 1986 graduate of American University, will be responsible for working with the Greyhound goalkeepers.