After Successful Alumni Weekend/Non-Conference Slate, Greyhounds Ready For MAAC Season

Oct. 3, 2007

Baltimore, Md. - The Loyola men's soccer team, ranked first in the region, is set to begin the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) portion of its schedule after a highly successful Alumni Weekend and non-conference campaign. The Greyhounds, who drew over 1,500 people to last weekend's win over local foe UMBC, will play at Siena and Marist this Friday and Sunday. View Alumni Weekend Gallery.

Last weekend the Greyhounds recognized Alumni from their 1986 and 1987 squads, which advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals. The 1986 team went 17-1-4 and shut out both Virginia and George Mason in the NCAA Tournament. The 1987 Greyhounds posted a 17-4-2 overall record with NCAA Tournament shutout wins over William & Mary and Virginia.

The 2007 Greyhounds are off to a 7-2 start, the best since 2001 when Loyola advanced to the NCAA Tournament Round of 16. So far this season, the `Hounds have posted four shutouts, are 4-0 at home, and have outscored opponents 14-7.

While the offense is led by freshman Phil Bannister with his five goals, 11 points and three game-winners, the Greyhound defense, behind co-captains Josh Taylor and Tennant McVea, along with goalkeeper Milos Kocic, is allowing 0.78 goals per game.

This Friday's opponent is Siena, whom the Greyhounds have split with in their last two meetings. Each team won via shutout at home, and after a 3-nil win at Loyola last season, the `Hounds are back in Loudenville. Siena is 3-4-2 this season.

On Sunday, the Greyhounds play at Marist, who has also split its last two meetings with Loyola with home field prevailing. The Red Foxes enter the weekend with a 3-4-1 overall record.

Loyola was picked second in the preseason MAAC coaches poll, and entering MAAC play, the Greyhounds are first in the league in scoring (points, goals, assists) and first in the league in defense (goals allowed per game). Friday's game is at 4 p.m. while Sunday's start time is slated for 1 p.m.