Sept. 9, 2003
BALTIMORE, MD - The Loyola men's soccer team heads down to College Park this Wednesday night for a 7 p.m. showdown with No. 1 Maryland. The Greyhounds, after knocking off No. 22 Syracuse in the season opener, look to play spoiler once again when they face a Maryland squad that has the nation's top ranking for the first time in program history.
Loyola enters at 2-1 with wins over Syracuse and Navy. The Greyhounds are led offensively by junior Kevin Nash, who has a goal in each of the 'Hounds first three games. Junior Greg Peters has started all three games in goal, picking up two wins while registering 13 saves.
The Greyhounds have won two of their last three contests at Maryland, both wins decided by 1-0 scores. The Terrapins are 4-0 this season, defeating Furman, Butler, American and UCLA in front of a record crown at College Park. A.J. Herrera leads the Terps in scoring with two goals and two assists while Abe Thompson, who has two goals this season, has two game-winning tallies to his credit.
Maryland leads the all-time series 22-8-6 and is unbeaten in its last 15 games at home. The Terrapins have scored eight goals this season, giving up only one. Nash has three of Loyola's four goals while freshman Omar Alfonso has the fourth.
Wednesday's game will be Loyola's first official away game with one home contest and two neutral-site games already played. The Greyhounds are currently ranked ninth in the NSCAA South Atlantic Region.