Oct. 3, 2008
Baltimore, Md. - It will be a momentous occasion this Saturday when the 16th-ranked men's soccer team hosts Quinnipiac on Diane Geppi-Aikens Field as Loyola College will honor the undefeated 1971 Greyhounds soccer team on the day that it will play the 1,000th match in the 66-year history of Loyola men's soccer. It will be the first-ever meeting between the two schools.
The only undefeated and untied team in the history of Loyola men's soccer, the 1971 squad was victorious in all 16 matches it played that season en route to Mason-Dixon and NCAA South Region championships. The leader of the team was head coach Jim Bullington, who finished his Loyola Hall of Fame career with a 177-49-11 record over 16 seasons (1964-79) with a second unbeaten season (1968, 9-0-2) and six NCAA Tournament appearances, including the Division II National Championship in 1976.
That 1971 unit featured two of the College's top 10 all-time scorers in Dennis Wit (123 points) and Ty Smith (98). The team outscored its opponents by a whopping 67-11 for the season and rolled to the NCAA South Region title by whipping Florida Southern (10-0) and Rollins (7-2).
The recognition of the 1971 team will come at halftime of the Greyhounds' contest against Quinnipiac, which will be the 1,000th match played in Loyola men's soccer history. The Greyhounds are 620-294-85 when this season's 7-0-1 mark is included, a winning percentage of 66.3 percent.
That unbeaten mark for Loyola will be put on the line against a dangerous Bobcats team. Quinnipiac (5-1-2) is seventh in the NSCAA/adidas North Atlantic Region poll that Loyola has topped since the season began. The Bobcats were unbeaten through their first five outings (3-0-2) before a 2-0 loss to Yale and have followed that with a pair of 2-1 victories. They are led by high-scoring senior attack Graciano Brito who has seven of his team's 15 goals. Junior goalkeeper Frederick Hall has played every minute in net and boasts a 0.93 goals-against average.
Loyola has received nine of its 12 goals his season from junior Jamie Darvill (four) and sophomores Phil Bannister (three) and Eddie Dines (two). The Greyhounds' only goal in Wednesday's 1-0 win against Princeton came from Dines, who headed the ball into the net for the game-winner.
The strength of the Loyola team is its defense with co-captains Josh Taylor and Tennant McVea directing traffic in front of junior goalkeeper Milos Kocic. The Greyhounds have allowed just two goals this season as Kocic has played every minute and sports a 0.24 goals-against average and a .949 save percentage. Loyola brings into the match a 16-game unbeaten streak and has not been beaten in 15 straight home contests with 12 of those home affairs ending in shutouts.
After the Loyola-Quinnipiac contest, local scholastic power Calvert Hall will host Monkseaton from Newcastle, England, in an international friendly. The grandson of legendary Loyola coach Jim Bullington, Alex Bullington, is a member of the Calvert Hall team while Monkseaton is the alma mater of Greyhounds Bannister and Dines.
Saturday will be the final tune-up before the advent of MAAC conference play with the Greyhounds making their bi-annual trek to Western New York to take on Niagara (Friday) and Canisius (Sunday).