Men's Soccer To Face Villanova, Host Adelphi

Sept. 28, 2010

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Opponents Villanova
Date Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Time 4 p.m.
Location Villanova, Pa. | West Campus Soccer and Tennis Complex
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Opponents Adelphi
Date Saturday, October 2, 2010
Time 2 p.m.
Location Baltimore, Md. | Ridley Athletic Complex
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Open Wide for Some Soccer

• The Greyhounds follow up a historic 2-0 shutout over the fourth-ranked Monmouth Hawks with games against Villanova and Adelphi to wrap up the non-conference portion of Loyola’s schedule.

• As has been the norm for the Greyhounds this season, Loyola faces two teams with winning records this week.  The Greyhounds first take on the 5-2-1 Villanova Wildcats on Wednesday as each side looks to take an advatange in the all-time series, which stands tied at 1-1-0.

• Loyola then returns home to the Ridley Athletic Complex for a Saturday afternoon test against the Adelphi Panthers. The two teams last met three years ago.

• The Greyhounds come off of a 2-0 win against the then-No. 4 Monmouth Hawks on Saturday. Gary Weisbaum scored his first Loyola goal in the 43rd minute on a Phil Bannister assist and Bannister scored one of his own in the second half as goalkeeper Kyle Wittman made three saves for the shutout.

Series Histories

• Loyola and Villanova stand tied in their series, 1-1-0. Villanova took the last meeting, a 1-0 affair to spoil Loyola’s season opener at home on Sept. 1, 2009. 

• The Greyhounds’ last win against Villanova came in 1983, when Loyola knocked off the Wildcats by a 5-0 margin.

• Loyola holds an advantage against Adelphi, up 2-0-1 in the teams’ history against each other. Loyola took the last meeting, winning 1-0 against the Panthers on September 7, 2007. Phil Bannister scored for the Greyhounds.

• The teams’ tied 3-3 in 1984, the last meeting before 2009.

Bannister Helps His Way to History

Phil Bannister tallied his 29th career assist on September 25 against Monmouth to give him a share of the all-time lead at Loyola. Bannister shares the record with Marc Harrison (1992-1995) and Stan Koziol (1983-1987). Bannister tied the Loyola Division I record in assists last year with 13.

• Bannister also ranks in the all-time goals and points categories at Loyola as well. The senior forward moved into a tie with Bill Wnek for 13th place on Loyola’s all-time goals list with his 34th career goal against Monmouth on September 25. He also ranks 11th on Loyola’s career scoring list with 97 points with his three points against Monmouth, tying him with Joe Koziol.

• For his efforts, Bannister was named to the College Soccer News National Team of the Week for the week ending on September 26.

Scouting the Wildcats

• Villanova enters Wednesday’s game on a four-game winning streak and has not allowed a goal since a 2-0 loss to George Mason on September 12. In that time, the Wildcats have defeated Penn (1-0), Princeton (2-0), Saint Joseph’s (3-0) and Seton Hall (1-0).

• The Wildcats have had two players earn weekly honors this year. Goalkeeper Goalkeeper Chris Bresnahan was named Philly Soccer Six Player of the Week and Dylan Renna was named BIG EAST Rookie of the Week for the week ending on September 19.

Scouting the Panthers

• Adelphi will play one game before its matchup with Loyola when the Panthers take on Georgetown on the road on September 29.  The Panthers have compiled a 5-3-0 record through September 26, outscoring opponents by a 10 to 6 margin.

• All five of Adelphi’s wins have come by shutout.

• Alexander Kouznetsov leads the Panthers with three goals for six points. Goalkeeper Thorne Holder has a goals against average of 0.72 and recorded four shutouts.

Greyhounds Making Waves

Phil Bannister and Kyle Wittman recently earned MAAC Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week, respectively, on Monday. The award marks the first of the season for Bannister and the second for Wittman (September 7).

Jamie Libby has also earned a MAAC weekly award this season, taking Rookie of the Week honor on September 13.

Crowded House

• Loyola’s game against No. 7 Maryland on September 14 drew 2,090 fans to the Ridley Athletic Complex, marking the largest soccer crowd in the stadium’s young history. The game boasted the highest attendance for that week in games involving a top 25 team.

• The Greyhounds currently average a home crowd of 1,212 through three home events this season.

Catching Up

• Loyola’s game against UMBC on September 22 was canceled due to inclement weather in the first half.

•  The Greyhounds fell to No. 7 Maryland on September 14, 3-0, at Ridley Athetic Complex. The game marked the first ranked opponent the team has faced this season.

• Loyola captured its first win of the season on September 11 with a 2-1 victory over the Quinnipiac Bobcats. Quinnipiac took a 1-0 lead shortly before the half but Loyola roared back to tie just over a minute later, scoring on a Zach Tweddell header from a Charlie Hutton corner kick. The Greyhounds found the eventual game-winner in the 83rd minute as Eddie Dines put back a Danny Ankrah rebound.

Home Sweet Home

• The team’s home opener against William & Mary on September 7 marked the first regular season game for the Loyola men’s soccer team in Ridley Athletic Complex. The Greyhounds played a charity exhibition match against local professional team Crystal Palace in March but the 3-1 loss served as the first game that had an impact on the standings.

• The new 6,000-seat facility serves as the home field for the Loyola soccer and lacrosse programs and boasts state-of-the-art training facilities.

Old Dogs

• Loyola returns 10 seniors in 2010 from last year’s squad that won the MAAC Tournament and reached the College Cup for the 16th time in school history.

• Eight of this year’s 10 seniors started for the Greyhounds last year, a team that led the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference in goals and assists and ranked second in shutouts.

• A diverse group of seven freshmen join the team this year. Representing the wide-ranging influence of soccer, Loyola welcomes newcomers from Northern Ireland, England, Kentucky, Massachusetts and Maryland.

Return of the MAAC (Favorites)

• Loyola led the MAAC preseason coaches’ poll as favorites to win the MAAC Championship, marking the third straight year that the Greyhounds have topped the preseason rankings.

• In addition to the team’s accolade, Phil Bannister and Gerwyn Jones earned Preseason All-MAAC honors. Bannister also was named MAAC Preseason Player of the Year for the second time in his career, the first time coming in 2008. This year’s poll marks three consecutive MAAC Preseason Players of the Year for Loyola (Bannister in ‘08, Jamie Darvill in ‘09, Bannister in ‘10).

Bannister Gets CLASSy

Phil Bannister was named as a candidate for the 2010 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award. Bannister is one of 30 men’s soccer players selected as a candidate. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence - community, classroom, character and competition.

• Loyola boasts two other candidates in their respective sports: Lina Staropoli (women’s soccer) and Nina Camaioni (volleyball). Loyola is one of only three Division I schools with three award candidates, along with Penn State and Stanford.

O Captains! My Captains!

Phil Bannister, Eddie Dines and Charlie Hutton will serve as captains for the Greyhounds in 2010. The three seniors have started 175 games combined for Loyola throughout their school careers.

At the Helm

Mark Mettrick returns for his 11th season as the head coach of the Greyhounds. Mettrick has compiled at 127-57-18 record at Loyola, guiding the team to five College Cup appearances. He has also coached Loyola to seven regular-season MAAC championships and four MAAC Tournament titles.

• Mettrick is assisted by Matt Dwyer, who is in his fourth year as an assistant coach at Loyola. Steve Pfeil also joins the staff this year as an assistant coach. Pfeil, a 1986 graduate of American University, will be responsible for working with the Greyhound goalkeepers.