Men's Soccer Hosts Black & Decker Soccer Classic

Sept. 5, 2007

Baltimore, Md. - The Loyola men's soccer team will host Adelphi, Radford and Towson this Friday and Sunday in the Loyola College "Black & Decker" Soccer Classic. Games begin at 1 p.m. on Friday and conclude with a Charles Street battle at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday from Diane Geppi-Aikens Field.

The Greyhounds enter the weekend with a 2-0 record after a pair of 2-1 road victories at Princeton and Fordham last weekend. Sophomore Jamie Darvill and freshman Phil Bannister each have one goal and one assist to lead the Greyhounds with three points on the young season.

Loyola, which is 2-0 for the first time since 2003, has got off to its fast start with big contributions from its underclassmen. Aside from Darvill and Bannister, sophomore Tennant McVea and freshman Eddie Dines have scored goals while sophomore keeper Milos Kocic has played all 180 minutes in goal.

This weekend's opponents are Adelphi and Towson, but the tournament begins with Radford taking on Towson on Friday at 1 p.m. The Greyhounds and Panthers follow at 5 p.m.

Adelphi is 0-2 on the year with losses to Albany and Virginia Tech last weekend. The Panther goalkeeper, Shane Flanagan, has seven saves and seven goals allowed in Adelphi's two losses.

On Sunday, Adelphi will play Radford in the 11 a.m. game, while Loyola and Towson will close out the tournament with a 2:30 p.m. match. Towson enters the weekend with a 1-0 record after last weekend's 2-0 win over Mount St. Mary's. The Tigers, who are the 23rd-ranked team in the nation, had eight saves from goalkeeper Billy Chiles in the Mount St. Mary's win.

Black & Decker, the executive sponsor of the soccer classic, will be giving away gift packages throughout the weekend. Admission is free and all four games will be played at Diane Geppi-Aikens Field.