Sept. 16, 2008
Baltimore, Md. - Having opened the season with five straight victories and climbing to 17th in the latest NSCAA/adidas national poll, the men's soccer team puts a pair of winning streaks on the line Wednesday afternoon when it hosts William & Mary on Diane Geppi-Aikens Field at 5 o'clock.
The Greyhounds ascended six spots in the coaches poll after being 23rd last week. Loyola remains as the top team in the North Atlantic region and has vaulted to 18th in the College Soccer News poll, up from 22nd the previous week. The visiting Tribe (2-0-1) are ranked third in the South Atlantic region behind nationally ranked Maryland and Boston College of the Atlantic Coast Conference and are receiving votes this week in the national poll for the first time this season after playing 2007 Final Four participant Massachusetts to a 2-2 draw over the weekend.
Loyola (5-0-0) enters the match with a 13-match unbeaten streak and a 13-match home winning streak with the last 10 home contests ending in Greyhounds shutouts. In addition to its ascension in the polls, Loyola is being recognized among the nation's leaders in team save percentage (10th, 0.92), team goals against average (13th, 0.4) and shutout percentage (16th, 0.6).
William & Mary has a storied soccer history of its own, participating in 12 NCAA Championships since 1980. The Tribe hold a 9-12-3 advantage in the series between the teams and have won the last three, including a 2-1 win in 2006 at the ODU Stihl Soccer Classic. The visitors will not have played a road game thus far, playing a home match and two on a neutral field. Williams & Mary is led in scoring by Nathaniel Baako with three goals and an assist for his seven points.
Following Wednesday's match, the Greyhounds renew their rivalry with Mount St. Mary's on Saturday, meeting the Mountaineers in Emmitsburg at 1 o'clock.