Sept. 5, 2008
Baltimore, Md. - Fresh off a sweep of the 2008 Black & Decker Classic last weekend, the Men's Soccer team returns to action Sunday when they travel north on Charles Street to challenge local rival Towson on Towson Center Field at 2:30 p.m.
The Greyhounds (2-0-0) captured a pair of 2-0 home wins over Fordham and Hartwick last weekend to extend their home winning streak to 12 games and Loyola has posted shutouts in 16 of its last 17 matches. The Tigers (1-1-0) opened the season with a 1-0 home loss to MAAC foe Fairfield, but rebounded Wednesday with a 2-1 victory at Rutgers of the BIG EAST.
Loyola's Athletic Department is looking to create a similar atmosphere up to the road to that of Diane Geppi-Aikens Field by sponsoring a pair of free shuttles to transport Loyola students to the games. Departing from the back of Newman Towers, shuttles will leave at 2:15 p.m. and 2:45 p.m. to get students to the site. The first 50 participants will receive a Loyola Soccer T-shirt. Admission to the match is free.
The Greyhounds boast the reigning MAAC Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week in juniors Jamie Darvill and Milos Kocic, respectfully. Darvill, who shared the award, tallied three of Loyola's four goals and has six points. Kocic posted his 18th and 19th career shutouts after leading the nation last year with his sparkling 0.47 goals-against average.
The teams have split the last three meetings over the last three years with each team winning once and tying 1-1 in the last match at Towson. Loyola's 3-0 home win over the Tigers last year capped an unbeaten run through the Black & Decker Soccer Classic and boosted the Greyhounds' lead in the series to 35-15-5.
Following Sunday's game at Towson, the Greyhounds return to action Wednesday with a home match against the Campbell Camels at 5 o'clock.