Men's Soccer Begins MAAC Play At Rider This Saturday

Sept. 24, 2004

Baltimore, Md. - The Loyola men's soccer team begins conference play this Saturday when it travels to Lawrenceville, N.J. for a 1 p.m. match with Rider. The Greyhounds, which have won five straight meetings with the Broncs, begin their quest for a sixth straight MAAC regular season title with the first of nine regular season conference games.

This Saturday's game will be the first for Loyola after a tough 2-1 loss to William & Mary last Saturday at Diane Geppi-Aikens Field. The Greyhounds, which scored first when freshman Janson Blake headed in Rade Kokovic's corner for his first collegiate goal, came with a furious assault at the goal in the game's closing minutes, but could not convert for the tie.

Loyola is 2-4 on the year with one-goal losses to the Tribe, Princeton and No. 4 Santa Clara. The `Hounds also have wins over George Mason (2-1) and Robert Morris (3-0) and are preseason favorites to win the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference once again.

Rider enters Saturday's game with a 0-6 overall record, most recently falling to Monmouth (2-1) on Wednesday night. The Broncs went 1-6-2 in the MAAC last season and will also be playing their first conference game of the year.

Last season, the Greyhounds defeated Rider 5-1 at Geppi-Aikens Field. Omar Alfonso had three goals while Jay Joyce added a goal and an assist. Alfonso and Joyce lead Loyola in goals this season with two apiece to start the year.