Home Sweet Home

Oct. 9, 2003

BALTIMORE, MD - The Loyola men's soccer team, now in the heart of the 2003 MAAC schedule, brings the nation's longest home unbeaten streak to the friendly confines of Curley Field this weekend. The Greyhounds face Fairfield and Iona, looking to extend their unbeaten run to 32 games.

Loyola has not lost in its last 30 home contests and is 3-0 at home this season with wins over Syracuse, Cornell and Rider. The Greyhounds are 5-3-2 overall and are tied atop the conference standings with a 2-1 league record.

On Friday, the 'Hounds face Fairfield, a team they defeated 2-1 in overtime last season. Loyola is 19-3 all time against the Stags and will face them at 4 p.m. on Curley Field. Fairfield is 3-4-1 overall this season, but is 2-1 in the MAAC.

Also atop the conference logjam is Iona, who starts the weekend with a 2-1 MAAC record. The Gaels are 5-5-2 overall and come to Curley Field for a 1 p.m. Sunday match with the Greyhounds. Loyola has downright dominated Iona in the past and leads the all-time series 13-1. Last season, the Greyhounds defeated the Gaels 4-0.

This season, the Greyhounds are led in scoring by freshman Omar Alfonso, who has eight goals and one assist. Junior Kevin Nash has four goals while senior Jay Joyce has scored twice. The Loyola defense is allowing 1.42 goals per game and is holding opponents to a .129 shot percentage.

Loyola Head Coach Mark Mettrick is 19-0 in home games since coming to Loyola in 2000. The Greyhounds last home loss came in 1998 when they fell to George Mason. The last home conference loss was seven seasons ago against St. Peter's. Loyola is 1-0 in home conference games this season.

Both Maryland and Indiana are tied for the nation's second longest home unbeaten streak. The Terps and Hoosiers have not lost at home in 20 straight contests.