Men's Soccer Team Cracks Top 10 in Newest Rankings

Oct. 14, 2008

Baltimore, Md. - The Loyola men's soccer team continued its ascension into the national rankings Tuesday, moving up four spots to No. 8 in the latest NSCAA/adidas Rankings. The Greyhounds will entertain a pair of MAAC opponents at home this weekend, playing host to Marist on Friday and Siena on Sunday at Diane Geppi-Aikens Field.

After opening conference play last weekend with a sweep of Niagara and Canisius, Loyola (10-0-1, 2-0 MAAC) remains just one of three unbeatens in Division I. The others are top-ranked Wake Forest (12-0-0) and No. 2 Northwestern (10-0-2).

Mark Mettrick's Greyhounds carry a 19-game unbeaten streak into the weekend, and have gone 19-1-1 in their last 21 regular-season matchups. The team currently stands No. 9 in the latest College Soccer News Poll.

Loyola, at 2-0, sits atop the early league standings. The team opened defense of its 2007 MAAC Championship with a thrilling, last-minute victory over Niagara Friday. With the Greyhounds and Purple Eagles scoreless and overtime play looming, Loyola sophomore midfielder Daniel Ankrah pounded home a weak-side cross from junior forward Jamie Darvill for the game-winning strike in the 89th minute.

The team carried momentum into Sunday's date against Canisius. Loyola found the net early and pounded the Golden Griffins, 5-nil, behind two Phil Bannister goals and three assists from sophomore Wade McHugh.

Marist (3-6-2, 0-1-1 MAAC) will arrive at Evergreen looking to claim its first conference win of the season. The Red Foxes seized a 2-2 draw last Friday against Manhattan, but stumbled against Saint Peter's two days later, losing 3-2.

Freshman forward Lucas Szabo spearheads the Marist offense. He has recorded 11 points on the year, netting five goals and tallying an assist.

Siena (3-5-1, 2-0 MAAC) enters the weekend riding a three-game win streak for the first time since September 2007 as it begins weekend action at Rider on Friday. The Saints opened conference play last week with a 3-1 victory over Saint Peter's behind two goals from sophomore midfielder Sebastien Anzevui. The team got its second MAAC win Sunday with a 2-1 comeback victory over Manhattan.

Friday's game between Loyola and Marist will have a 4:30 p.m. start. Sunday's Loyola-Siena match kicks off at 1 o'clock. Prior to Sunday's match, the Blue Jays Soccer Academy & Ali Andrzejewski of Champions Soccer Training will be collecting new and gently used soccer equipment for the kids in Nicaragua in the parking lot adjacent to Diane Geppi -Aikens Field from from noon to 3 pm.