Oct. 13, 2004
Baltimore, Md. - The Loyola men's soccer team looks to remain among the ranks of the unbeaten in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference when its hosts Saint Peter's and Manhattan at Alumnae Field this weekend. The Greyhounds, 3-0 in MAAC play this season, will be challenged as they attempt to improve upon their current four-game unbeaten streak.
First up is Saint Peter's and the Greyhounds have not forgotten last year's MAAC title game, where the Peacocks won 2-1. Saint Peter's also handed Loyola one if its two conference losses last season, winning an early October match (1-0) in Jersey City, N.J. Loyola won the regular season MAAC title, its fifth in a row, but the Peacocks advanced to the NCAA Tournament.
This season, both squads enter unbeaten in the MAAC. The Greyhounds have won all three of their conference games on the road, defeating Rider (2-1), Iona (2-1) and Fairfield (4-0). Saint Peter's is 1-0 with a 1-nil win over Manhattan and is coming off a scoreless tie at Villanova last Sunday.
On Sunday, October 17, the `Hounds host Manhattan in a 1 p.m. match. The Jaspers enter the weekend with two wins, but zero in the MAAC. Last season, Loyola and Manhattan played to a 2-2 tie with Chase Franklin and Vinnie Piscopo scoring for the `Hounds on the road.
The Greyhounds, led in scoring this season by Rade Kokovic with 13 points (3g, 7a) and Vinnie Piscopo with four goals and eight points, are one of four teams still unbeaten in conference play. Marist is 2-0, while both Saint Peter's and Siena are 1-0. Loyola's overall record is 5-4-1 and the `Hounds nine conference points puts them atop the MAAC standings.
Friday's game, a re-match of last year's MAAC Championship game in Orlando, Fla., is slated for a 4 p.m. kick off on Alumnae Field.