Sept. 9, 2008
Baltimore, Md. - Fresh off its 2-1 victory Sunday at Towson, the men's soccer team returns to action Wednesday afternoon on Diane Geppi-Aikens Field when it hosts the Campbell Camels, defending champions of the Atlantic Sun Conference and a 2007 NCAA College Cup participant, at 5 o'clock.
The Camels (1-1-0) will come into the match well-rested as they have not played since September 2, having their last outing postponed over the weekend due to Tropical Storm Hanna when they should have played Saturday at William & Mary. Campbell opened the season by scoring three goals in a 3-nil home win over UNC-Wilmington before dropping a hard-fought 1-nil decision at Liberty.
The preseason pick in the A-Sun, the Camels boast the conference's preseason player of the year in senior midfield Richard Jata, who scored three goals for Campbell during its championship run through the A-Sun tournament a year ago. The visitors bring in a 40-17-6 overall record (.682) since 2005.
Loyola (3-0-0) puts its undefeated mark on the line when the teams meet and also boast wins in 12 straight home games and 15 of its last 16 on Geppi-Aikens Field. The Greyhounds maintained their position as the top-ranked team in the North Atlantic Region by the NSCAA/adidas and climbed to 23rd in the NSCAA/adidas national ranking and 22nd in the College Soccer News poll.
The Greyhounds are led in scoring by junior forward Jamie Darvill's seven points (three goals, one assist) and the five points of sophomore forward Phil Bannister (two goals, one assist), each of whom boast two-goal outings through the season's three games. Junior goalkeeper Milos Kocic has allowed just one goal while playing every minute of the three matches.