Home Opener For Men's Soccer Slated For Saturday Vs. Saint Francis (Pa.)

Sep 6, 2013

Game Information
Opponent Saint Francis (Pa.) Red Flash
Date Saturday, September 7, 2013
Time 7 p.m.
Location Baltimore, Maryland | Ridley Athletic Complex
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Loyola Men’s Soccer
• Loyola is in its 71st season as a men’s soccer program, while this is the Greyhounds’ 32nd year of competition as an NCAA Division I program.
• It is also Loyola’s inaugural year as a member of the Patriot League.
• The Greyhounds were members 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 eight regular-season titles and four MAAC Tournament titles in that time. 

Loyola Greyhounds (1-0-1)
• The Greyhounds opened the season with back-to-back games in Philadelphia last week.
• Loyola tied Saint Joseph’s 1-1 on Saturday, Aug. 30 and followed that up with a 5-3 win at La Salle on Wednesday, Sept. 4.
• The five goals vs. the Explorers were the most for Loyola since a 5-0 win vs. Rider in 2008.
• Sophomore Larry Ndjock recorded three goals to become the first Greyhound since Glenn Leitch (2010) to notch a hat trick.
• Junior Connor Thompson also scored twice in the game, while junior Andrew Waddington recorded his first career point with an assist on Thompson’s second score.
• In goal, freshman Jordan Watson played 12 minutes and earned his first collegiate save, stopping the lone shot he faced. 

Saint Francis (Pa.) Red Flash (3-0-0)
• Saint Francis brings a three-game win streak into Saturday’s game. The Red Flash opened their season with a 1-0 win at William & Mary and followed it up with a 4-1 win vs. Canisius in their home opener and most recently, a 1-0 win at Bucknell.
• Nick Kolarac leads the team with three goals, while Stefan Sjekloca, David Trunzo and Pablo Medina have all also scored this year.
• In goal, Andrew Garcia has allowed just one goal in 180 minutes of playing time and has nine saves. Daniel Valcicak played the other 90 minutes and has stopped all six shots he’s faced.

Last Meeting
• The Greyhounds opened their 2012 season at Saint Francis, coming away with a scoreless draw.
• Loyola had an opportunity to secure the victory in the final minute of play when Diego McQuestion drew a foul just outside of the box. Connor Thompson’s free kick bounced off the cross bar though and the Red Flash cleared the ball to the other end of the field.
• At that point, Saint Francis had won 13 of their last 16 home games, posting a 13-1-2 record. 

Up Next
• The Greyhounds will head back on the road for a midweek game at Quinnipiac. Loyola will face the Bobcats on Wednesday, Sept. 11 at 4 p.m.
• Loyola’s next home game will be Saturday, Sept. 14 vs. Campbell. The contest will be the first of four home games for the Greyhounds.