Sept. 7, 2005
Baltimore, Md. - Loyola's men's soccer team kicks off its home slate this Friday, hosting the Loyola College Soccer Classic at Alumnae Field. The Greyhounds, who opened the 2005 season at Princeton and Syracuse, return to Baltimore with a 1-1 record and host Bucknell, Richmond and Towson this coming weekend.
"We're excited to have a very good Division I men's soccer tournament at Loyola College," says Loyola Head Coach Mark Mettrick. "Having quality teams like Bucknell, Richmond and Towson, all of whom have good soccer tradition, ensures that this will be a quality event."
The Loyola College Soccer Classic is comprised of two pre-determined double-headers on Friday, Sept. 9 and Sunday, Sept. 11. The tournament begins with Towson and Richmond playing a 2 p.m. game on Friday. Loyola will follow with its home opener, facing Bucknell at 5 p.m.
All four teams enter the weekend with 1-1 overall records, including Bucknell, who Loyola plays for the first time in program history. The Bison opened their season with an upset win over 18th-ranked James Madison last Friday. On Sunday, however, Bucknell was shutout by Towson at the same JMU soccer tournament.
Towson, which defeated Bucknell 3-0, dropped a 2-1 decision in its season opener to Virginia Tech on Friday night at JMU. Junior Sebastian Haensel, who scored two goals and added an assist in the win over Bucknell, is Towson's leading scorer after two games.
Richmond, which will not face Loyola this weekend, earned a 2-1 win over Monmouth on Friday, but fell to No. 11 North Carolina, 3-0, on Sunday.
Loyola, meanwhile, picked up its first victory of the year when senior Brian O'Connor scored his first career game-winning goal at Princeton on Friday night. Senior Vinnie Piscopo, who scored a highlight-reel goal at the 38-minute mark, gave the `Hounds a 1-0 halftime lead. Princeton evened things up at 79:05, only to have O'Connor put the game away with his low runner 89 seconds later.
On Sunday, September 11, the Greyhounds have their homecoming and will host an alumni game versus Towson alumni at Diane Geppi-Aikens Field. The alumni game is scheduled for 12 p.m., while intercollegiate soccer commences at 1 p.m. with Richmond facing Bucknell. The weekend will be capped with a homecoming match featuring Loyola and its Charles Street rival Towson at 4 p.m.
"Rivalry is what sports are all about," says Mettrick. "Towson is a good side and we're looking forward to a very competitive, tough soccer match."
Admission to the Loyola College Soccer Classic is free. All games will be played at Alumnae Field.
Loyola College Soccer Classic
Friday, September 9
Towson vs. Richmond 2 p.m.
Loyola vs. Bucknell 5 p.m.
Sunday, September 11
Richmond vs. Bucknell 1 p.m.
Loyola vs. Towson 4 p.m.