Sept. 27, 2007
Baltimore, Md. - The Loyola men's soccer team will host local rival UMBC this Saturday in its final non-conference bout of the season. The game, which will be the second part of a double-header which features local high school powers Calvert Hall and Loyola Blakefield, is set for a 1 p.m. kickoff at Diane Geppi-Aikens Field.
The Greyhounds enter the match with a 6-2 overall record after a pair of one-goal losses at the Oregon State Soccer Tournament. Back from the West Coast, Loyola will be playing its final non-league game against a local rival it has not played since the 2003 Battle of Baltimore Tournament.
Freshman Phil Bannister is Loyola's leading scorer with four goals and nine points on the season. Freshman Eddie Dines has three goals and seven points while sophomore Jamie Darvill has two goals and three assist to give him seven points as well.
Loyola's defense, however, has been the story of this season's early success with three shutouts and a goals-against average of 0.88 goals per game. Sophomore goalkeeper Milos Kocic has 23 saves and a save percentage of .767 behind a defensive unit anchored by co-captains Josh Taylor and Tennant McVea.
Saturday's game is also part of Loyola's Family Weekend/Homecoming, where the Greyhounds welcome back former players, managers and coaches, in particular the 1986 and 1987 men's soccer teams and former Coach Bill Sento. Alumni may sign up at Alumni Registration for pre and post-game receptions.
Game One, featuring Calvert Hall and Loyola Blakefield game will begin at 9:30 a.m. Game Two, with Loyola and UMBC, starts at 1 p.m.