Men's Soccer Begins MAAC Play On Saturday

Sept. 28, 2006

Baltimore, Md. - The Loyola men's soccer team begins Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference play this Saturday at Rider. The Greyhounds, coming off a 1-0 loss at defending national champion Maryland, begin a stretch of nine straight conference games to close out the regular season.

Loyola has had its share of success against Rider of the years, winning 14-of-21 matches against the Broncs and tying another. Last season at Alumnae Field, the Greyhounds closed out the regular season with a 3-1 win over Rider.

This year, the Greyhounds closed out the non-conference portion of their schedule with a misleading 1-7-1 overall record with five of those losses decided by a single goal. Omar Alfonso is the team's leading scorer with two goals and three assists while Rade Kokovic leads the squad with four assists.

The Greyhound defense, which have given up one goal in its last two games combined (at Richmond and at No. 3 Maryland), has been anchored by two capable goalies in Justin Chelland and Milos Kocic. Chelland had eight saves in the shutout win at Richmond while Kocic had five saves at Maryland.

Rider, meanwhile, is 3-5-2 entering MAAC play this season. The Broncs, led by Mike Juska's four goals and one assist this year, are coming off a 2-1 loss to Lafayette.

Loyola was picked to finish second in this year's preseason coaches poll - Rider was picked seventh. Saturday's match with be Game Two of a men's women's doubleheader at Rider. The Loyola women will take on the Broncs at 1 p.m. with the men to follow.