American Comes To Ridley For Wednesday Night Men's Soccer Match

Oct. 6, 2015

Game Information
Opponent American Eagles
Date Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015
Time 7 p.m.
Location Baltimore, Md. | Ridley Athletic Complex
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Conference Showdown
• The Greyhounds and Eagles will meet Wednesday night at Ridley Athletic Complex in a Patriot League contest.
• All 10 Patriot League teams have midweek games this week, as Army West Point travels to Holy Cross, Colgate hosts Boston University and Lafayette heads to Bucknell.
• All five games will begin at 7 p.m., on the Patriot League Network.
Glenn Clark will handle play-by-play duties the Greyhounds, while Jamie Watson will provide color analysis.

• American was picked to finish fourth in the Patriot League Preseason Poll, including picking up two first-place votes, however the Eagles find themselves winless after dropping matches to at Colgate (2-1) and most recently, to Boston University (1-0).
• Loyola, picked to finish eighth, collected its first point in League play on Saturday, playing Lafayette to a double-overtime scoreless tie at home. 

Loyola Greyhounds (1-6-2, 0-1-1 Patriot League)
• The Greyhounds host American before heading out on the road for the next two weekends.
• Junior Brennan Goldsmith leads Loyola with three points on one goal and one assist this year. Goldsmith became the first Greyhound to score this season when he netted a goal at Duke.
• Sophomore Brad Warenicz is the only other Greyhound to score this year, as he headed in the game-winning goal in a 1-0 upset win over No. 11 UMBC in the Battle of Baltimore. Junior transfer Alex Ponvert assisted the goal, sending a cross into the box from the left side.
• Junior Antony Sare also has an assist this season, rounding out the Greyhounds’ point contributors.
Defensively, freshman A. Mickey Watson leads the way and was named the Patriot League Rookie of the Week on September 14 after helping Loyola record a 1-0 shutout win against the Retrievers.
Warenicz became the fifth Greyhound on this year’s youthful roster to net a collegiate goal. Juniors Dylan Engel (1g), Goldsmith (1g) and Jake Heroux (1g) all scored their first career goals last season, while sophomore transfer Joe Rodriguez scored his first collegiate goal while playing for Drexel a year ago. Junior Ryan Tuck , who is out for the season, has scored twice for Loyola.
• Newcomers make up half of Loyola’s roster, as 10 freshmen and three transfers join 13 returners.
Loyola graduated its top two goal scorers - Joseph Cahalan (4g) and Connor Thompson (3g).
After playing every minute of last season, Matt Sanchez has played in 760 this season. He has a 1.30 goals-against average and a .725 save percentage to go with three shutouts.
In a scoreless tie with Lafayette, Sanchez stopped seven shots to pick up his 100th career save.

American Eagles (6-4-1, 0-2-0 Patriot League)
American is coming off a 1-0 loss to Boston University on Saturday, marking the first time the Eagles have been shutout this season. 
American is tied for fifth in the NCAA in total goals scored this season, netting 24.
The Eagles lead the Patriot League in points (65), goals (24) and assists (17), while also taking 17.55 shots per game, a League best.
Defensively, American is seventh wtih a 1.07 goals-against average and has four shutout victories.
Liam Robley leads the Patriot League in points, with 14, and assists, with eight.
Five Eagles are also ranked among the top-10 goal scorers in the League, with Joel Hart’s four goals being tied for third. Robley, Panos Nakhid, Michael Cherry and Vinny Barone are all tied for ninth with three goals each.
In goal, Dylan Hobert has played 984 minutes. He’s allowing 1.10 goals per game and has stopped .721 percent of shots faced.

Versus The Eagles
American is Loyola’s most storied rival in the Patriot League, as the two teams have met 40 times.
The Greyhounds hold the advantage in the series, 22-14-4, and has won two of the last three.
The Eagles scored in the 89th minute of last year’s meeting to escape with the late win.
Loyola’s first-ever Patriot League victory was a 3-1 decision over the Eagles on October 30, 2013.

Up Next
Loyola will spend its next two weekends on the road, as it travels to Boston University for a 1p.m., contest Saturday, before traveling to Lehigh on Saturday, Oct. 17.