Sept. 12, 2007
Baltimore, Md. - The Loyola men's soccer team welcomes George Washington to Diane Geppi-Aikens Field for a 5 p.m. match this Friday. The Greyhounds, who are ranked No. 26 in the College Soccer News national poll, are 4-0 for the first time since 1994 and are looking for their first 5-0 start since 1992. Friday's match can be heard online withLive Audio.
Loyola's fast start has included road wins at Princeton and Fordham and last weekend's shutouts of Adelphi and Towson in the Black & Decker Soccer Classic. In fact, sophomore co-captain Tennant McVea, who was named Tournament MVP last weekend, was also recognized on College Soccer News' National Team of the Week and MAAC Defensive Player of the Week for his part in the weekend sweep.
McVea has two game-winning goals on two shots this season and is tied with sophomore Jamie Darvill and freshman Eddie Dines with four points this year. Freshman Phil Bannister is the team's leading scorer with three goals and one assist (7 points). Like McVea, Bannister has two game-winning goals this season and was named MAAC Rookie of the Week after Loyola's opening weekend wins over Princeton and Fordham and MAAC Offensive Player of the Week after last weekend's sweep of Adelphi and Towson.
This Friday's match is Loyola's first game against George Washington since the 1993 season when the `Hounds won 4-nil. Loyola is 5-1-1 all-time against the Colonials with its only series loss coming in 1989. George Washington, which comes in with a 3-1 overall record, has two overtime wins this season (vs. Howard and North Florida) and dropped its first match of the year against Winthrop last weekend.
Friday's home match will be followed by a road contest at Hofstra on Sunday. The Pride, who have advanced to the past two NCAA Tournaments, are currently 0-2-1 and have played the Greyhounds even (1-1) in their only two series meetings. Sunday's game is slated for a 6 p.m. start from Hofstra Soccer Stadium.
The last time the Greyhounds started 4-0, they advanced to the NCAA Tournament and finished the year with a 15-5-2 overall record. Loyola is currently ranked third in the NCAA North Atlantic Region.