|Opponent||Old Dominion Monarchs|
|Date||Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015|
|Location||Baltimore, Md. | Ridley Athletic Complex|
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Loyola Men's Soccer
Loyola is beginning its 73rd season as a men's soccer program, its 34th year of competition as an NCAA Division I program and its third 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 its first season of league play and a 2-5-2 mark last year.
Prior to joining the Patriot League, Loyola was a member of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference for 24 years, posting an overall record of 167-24-8 in conference games from 1989-2012. Loyola also claimed 16 regular-season titles and 12 MAAC Tournament titles.
Loyola Greyhounds (0-1-1, 0-0-0 Patriot League)
Following a season-opening double-overtime tie against Saint Francis (Pa.) and a road loss at La Salle, the Greyhounds are still looking for their first win of the season.
Newcomers make up half of Loyola's roster, as 10 freshmen and three transfers join 13 returners.
Loyola graduated its top two goal scorers - Joseph Cahalan (4g) and Connor Thompson (3g) - and return just three goals from a season ago - Dylan Engel (1g), Brennan Goldsmith (1g) and Jake Heroux (1g).
Matt Sanchez also returns to the goal, where he played every minute of last season. In addition, Sanchez picked up valuable experience this summer playing as the starting keeper for the Puerto Rican National Team through international friendlys and Olympic and World Cup qualifiers.
Old Dominion Monarchs (1-1-0, 0-0-0 Conference USA)
The Monarchs are coming off a 4-1 win over then-No. 25 Akron at the VCU Soccer Tournament in Norfolk, Virginia, last Sunday. Josue Henriquez scored three of ODU's goals, while the four goals were the most for the Monarch's since a 5-1 victory over Drexel in the 2013 NCAA Tournament.
Old Dominion started the season ranked 24th nationally but fell out of the top-25 following the opening weekend. The Monarchs have collected 37 points in the most recent NSCAA poll.
In goal, Alex Tiesenhausen has allowed three goals and stopped nine shots against a pair of nationally ranked opposition; No. 21 Coastal Carolina (L, 0-2) and No. 25 Akron (W, 4-1).
Former Greyhound All-American Tennant McVea will make his first trip to Ridley Athletic Complex on Saturday, as he's now in his first season as an assistant coach at Old Dominion.
McVea and Loyola Director of Soccer Operations Jamie Darvill were teammates from 2006-09.
The first three-time Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year (2007, 08, 09) in MAAC history, McVea became Loyola's first first-team NSCAA/adidas All-American since MLS All-Star Zach Thornton earned the honor in 1993. He was also named to the Hermann Trophy Watch List and was a finalist for the Lowe's Senior Class Award in 2009.
Throughout his illustrious career, he led Loyola to three-straight NCAA College Cup appearances and picked up three NSCAA Regional All-American honors. He scored six goals - four game-winners - and added two assists for 14 points. The center back also anchored one of the top defenses in the nation, as Loyola recorded a 48-13-5 (.765) record and 0.69 goals-against average with McVea on the field.
Following graduation, the Belfast, Northern Ireland native signed a professional contract to play for F.C. Lahti, a leading team in the Finnish Premier Division.
Versus The Monarchs
The Greyhounds and Monarchs will renew their long-time rivalry this season, meeting for the first time since 2006.
From 1975-96, Loyola and Old Dominion met 21 times with the Greyhounds holding the 13-6-2 advantage, including a 9-4 mark when playing in Baltimore.
Old Dominion won the most recent meeting, a 3-0 decision in Virginia in 2006.
Prior to the 2006 meeting, the last time the two squads met was in 1999.
Loyola will travel to Durham, North Carolina to take on Duke Tuesday, Sept. 8 at 7 p.m.