Oct. 10, 2005
Baltimore, Md. - Freshman Phil Brierley has been named the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) men's soccer Rookie of the Week. Brierley, who has started all 11 games this season, helped the Loyola defense hold opponents to one goal and only seven combined shots this past weekend.
Brierley, a 6-0, 158 pound defender from Preston, England, earned his starting job in the preseason and has held it with solid play in the backfield this year. Making several key defensive plays against both Niagara and Canisus this past weekend, Brierley helped Loyola start 2-0 in MAAC matches as the Greyhounds earned their first shutout of the season.
Brierley and the Loyola defense held Niagara to six shots on Friday with only three shots on goal. Niagara, which was able to score in the 78th minute, did better than Canisius against the Loyola defense on Sunday. Loyola held Canisius to only one shot the entire match, lowering goalkeeper Justin Chelland's goals-against average to 1.32 for the season.
Brierley, who played for the England Schools Football Team (national team) last year, is Loyola's first MAAC Player of the Week selection this season. The Greyhounds have won three straight matches and head to Marist and Siena for a pair of MAAC matches this weekend.