Men's Soccer Gears Up For Weekend Tournament

Sept. 9, 2004

Baltimore, Md. - The Loyola men's soccer team returns to action this weekend with a pair of games at the George Mason Tournament in Fairfax, Va. The Greyhounds face Robert Morris this Friday at 5 p.m. and then battle No. 5 Santa Clara on Sunday at noon.

After a thrilling 3-2 win over George Mason last Sunday, the `Hounds bring a 1-1 overall record into the season's second weekend. Friday's match-up with Robert Morris pits Loyola against a team it has never lost to. The Greyhounds are 6-0 all-time against the Colonials, which enter the tournament with a 0-2-1 overall mark after dropping a 1-0 decision at No. 22 Akron last Wednesday.

On Sunday, the `Hounds face a Santa Clara team that advanced to the NCAA Final Four last season. The Broncos are 2-0 this year after convincing wins over UMass and UC-Davis and are ranked No. 5 in the NSCAA national poll.

The Greyhounds, who have never faced Santa Clara, hope to continue their early-season offensive production after scoring five goals opening weekend. Sophomore Omar Alfonso leads the team with two goals while Jay Joyce, Kevin Nash and Vinnie Piscopo each have one.

Friday's game is the first of a double-header with George Mason hosting Santa Clara in the nightcap. Tickets are $5 for adults and $2 for seniors and youth.