Men's Soccer Opens MAAC Play With Rider On Saturday

Sept. 25, 2003

BALTIMORE, MD - The men's soccer team begins its "official" defense of back-to-back conference championships when it hosts Rider on Saturday. Loyola, 3-2-2 this season, plays its first Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference game of the year at 1 p.m. on Curley Field.

The Greyhounds tied both of their games at the Princeton Invitational last weekend, tying host Princeton 1-1 on Friday night and then tying Pennsylvania 2-2 on Sunday. Rider enters winless in eight tries this season, but is also 0-0 in MAAC play and has taken Loyola to overtime the last two years.

Loyola has won the last four MAAC regular season championships and has won the conference tournament each of the past two years. Head Coach Mark Mettrick has an unbelievable 26-0-1 record versus conference teams in the regular season and has never lost when playing on the Evergreen Campus.

The all-time series with Rider favors the Greyhounds, who own an 11-5-1 edge on the Broncs. Freshman Omar Alfonso leads the 'Hounds' offense with nine points on four goals. Junior Kevin Nash also has four goals, while time in the cage has been split between junior Greg Peters, sophomore Dan Mulcahy and freshman Justin Chelland.

The Greyhounds, who are 2-0 at home this season, also have the nation's second-longest home unbeaten streak at 29. St. Louis, which has a 34 home-game unbeaten streak, rallied from a two-goal deficit too tie Western Illinois 4-4 at home on Wednesday night.