Patriot League Opener Sends Men's Soccer To Navy For Second Game Of Doubleheader

Sept. 25, 2015

Game Information
Opponent Navy Midshipmen
Date Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015
Time 8 p.m.
Location Annapolis, Md. | Glenn Warner Soccer Facility
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Saturday's Game
The Greyhounds will face the Midshipmen in the second game of a Loyola-Navy soccer doubleheader.
The women's teams will kickoff first at 5:30 p.m.
The men's game will be the Patriot League opener for both Loyola and Navy.  

Conference Openers
• This will be the Patriot League opener for both Loyola and Navy. 
• The Greyhounds, beginning their third season of Patriot League play, are looking for their first win in a conference opener since 2010, when they beat Manhattan, 4-0, at Ridley Athletic Complex.
As members of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference from 1989-2012, Loyola went 21-3-0 in conference openers. 

Loyola Greyhounds (1-4-1, 0-0-0 Patriot League)
• The Greyhounds’ lone win was a 1-0 upset victory over No. 11 UMBC in the Battle of Baltimore on Saturday, Sept. 12 at Ridley Athletic Complex. Sophomore Brad Warenicz scored the game-winning goal in the 55th minute, finishing a cross from junior transfer Alex Ponvert
Freshman A. Mickey Watson was named the Patriot League Rookie of the Week on September 14 after helping the Greyhounds record their second shutout of the season against the Retrievers.
Junior Brennan Goldsmith notched the first score of the season at Duke, getting behind the Blue Devils’ defense and then finishing classmate Antony Sare ’s througball.
Warenicz became the fifth Greyhound on this year’s youthful roster to net a collegiate goal. Juniors Dylan Engel (1g), Goldsmith (1g) and Jake Heroux (1g) all scored their first career goals last season, while sophomore transfer Joe Rodriguez scored his first collegiate goal while playing for Drexel a year ago. Junior Ryan Tuck , who is out for the season, has scored twice for Loyola.
• Newcomers make up half of Loyola’s roster, as 10 freshmen and three transfers join 13 returners.
Loyola graduated its top two goal scorers - Joseph Cahalan (4g) and Connor Thompson (3g).
After playing every minute of last season, Matt Sanchez returns to the goal for Loyola. Over the summer, Sanchez picked up valuable experience playing as the starting keeper for the Puerto Rican National Team through international friendlys and Olympic and World Cup qualifiers. 

Navy Midshipmen (3-4-1, 0-0-0 Patriot League)
Loyola will end Navy’s three-game homestand that has already featured a pair of overtime contests. Last Saturday,  the Midshipmen handed Saint Joseph’s a 1-0 loss in overtime, but they dropped a 3-2 double-overtime contest to William & Mary Tuesday night.  
At home this season, Navy is 2-2-0, with both losses coming in overtime. 
Derek Vogel and sophomore Aubrey Jones share the team lead with six points. Jones has a team-best three goals, while Vogel has two goals and two assists. 
Jackson Morgan has played every minute between the pipes for the Midshipmen and has given up 10 goals for a 1.19 goals-against average. He’s also stopped 29 shots for a .744 save percentage. 

Versus The Midshipmen
Loyola is 1-3-2 when facing Navy, with two of the last three meetings ending in a stalemate. 
The 2011 meeting was cut short due to inclement weather in Annapolis. Following the 83rd minute, the contest was called as a 3-3 tie.
Last year, the two squads played to a 1-1 double-overtime tie at Ridley Athletic Complex. 
• Navy claimed a 2-1 victory in Annapolis in 2013.  

Up Next
• The Greyhounds will remain on the road for a third-straight game, as they travel to Rutgers for a 7 p.m., contest on Tuesday, Sept. 29.