Sept. 14, 2005
Baltimore, Md. - Loyola's men's soccer team will play two nationally-ranked opponents this weekend at the Princeton Soccer Classic in Princeton, N.J. The Greyhounds, who return to the site of their season-opening win, face No. 7 Fairleigh Dickinson on Friday and No. 9 Akron on Sunday.
Coming off a disappointing weekend with little luck in its offensive end, Loyola hopes to rebound and turn a few heads with a strong showing at Princeton. The Greyhounds opened the year with a 2-1 win over the host Tigers, picking up goals from seniors Vinnie Piscopo and Brian O'Connor.
Now, after three straight 1-0 losses, the Greyhounds are 1-3 overall with arguable the season's two most difficult matches coming this weekend. Fairleigh Dickinson is 4-0 with victories over Boston College, Villanova, Wisconsin and Wisconsin-Milwauake. Akron is 6-0 this year with 2-nil wins over then-No. 10 SMU and then-No. 3 Maryland.
Loyola's defense, with veteran leadership from three-year starter Gabriel Ortega and solid play from freshman Phil Brierley, has done its part, allowing only one goal per match. Goalkeeper Justin Chelland, despite his 1-3 mark as a starter, is off to a good start to the year with a .765 saves percentage.
The 2005 Princeton Soccer Classic kicks off with Loyola and Fairleigh Dickinson at 5 p.m. on Friday. Princeton hosts Akron in the nightcap at 7:30 p.m. All four teams return to Lourie-Love Field on Sunday with Loyola once again playing in the first game. The Greyhounds face Akron at noon before Princeton and Fairleigh Dickinson square off at 2:30 p.m.