Men's Soccer Faces No. 2 Maryland Tonight

Sept. 15, 2004

Baltimore, Md. - After nearly upsetting No. 5 Santa Clara on Sunday, the Loyola men's soccer team now sets its sights on No. 2 Maryland. The Greyhounds, 2-2 this season with one-goal losses to Princeton and Santa Clara, face the 4-0 Terrapins at Ludwig Field in College Park this Wednesday night.

After dropping a heartbreaker to Princeton in the season opener, Loyola defeated George Mason and Robert Morris and led Santa Clara 1-0 with 10 minutes left in regulation. The Broncos responded with two goals despite the excellent play of goalkeeper Greg Peters, who had a career-high eight saves in the loss.

Senior Jay Joyce scored Loyola's lone goal on Sunday, his second of the season. Sophomore Omar Alfonso, who also has two goals this year, leads the team in scoring with five points (2G, 1A). Peters, who has started and played all 360 plus minutes in goal this year, was named the MAAC Defensive Player of the Week after his eight-save game and his shutout of Robert Morris last Friday.

On Wednesday night, the `Hounds return to College Park where they dropped a 4-0 decision to the Terps last season. Like Santa Clara, Maryland advanced to the Final Four last year and returns a very solid side. The Terrapins earned an impressive 5-2 victory over then-ranked No. 2 St. Johns last weekend and have won 29 of their last 30 home games since Loyola defeated them in the 2001 NCAA Tournament.

The Greyhounds, which are averaging 2.25 goals per game, have outscored their opponents 9-7 despite taking seven fewer shots. The Loyola defense will be challenged in stopping an explosive Maryland attack that has scored an amazing 20 goals this year. Wednesday's game is slated for a 7 p.m. start.