Sept. 25, 2006
Baltimore, Md. - The Loyola men's soccer team hopes to build off Saturday's 2-nil win at Richmond when it faces defending national champion Maryland at College Park this Tuesday night. The Greyhounds will face the sixth-ranked Terrapins in their final non-conference game of the season at Ludwig Field beginning at 7:30 p.m.
Loyola will be looking for its first winning streak of 2006 after a strong effort at Richmond last weekend. The Greyhounds, who have played a very strong non-conference slate, close that portion of the schedule with their biggest test of the season.
The Greyhounds have had a balanced scoring attack with Omar Alfonso's two goal and three assists leading the team. Freshman Jamie Darvill also has two goals, and his five shots on goal are only second to Alfonso's eight. Senior Rade Kokovic leads the team with four assists while senior keeper Justin Chelland is coming off his best game of the year with eight saves in Saturday's shutout.
Tuesday's game renews a 38-game rivalry that was halted last season. The Greyhounds have dropped three straight matches to Maryland with their last win coming in the second round of the 2001 NCAA Tournament.
The Terrapins won the 2005 NCAA Championship and are off to another good start this season. Maryland is 8-1-0 with its only loss coming to current No.1 Clemson. The Terps are coming off a 2-1 win at No. 7 Wake Forest last Saturday and may be looking ahead to a match with No. 5 Duke this Friday night.
Loyola is 0-1 against Top-20 opponents this season and will be playing its fifth straight game away from home. The Greyhounds, who are 8-24-6 in the all-time series with Maryland, begin MAAC play at Rider this Saturday.