Men's Soccer Ready For Pair Of MAAC Road Games

Oct. 16, 2003

BALTIMORE, MD - Owning a 4-1-0 conference mark, Loyola's men's soccer team heads to New York City for a pair of Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference matches this weekend. The Greyhounds play at Manhattan on Friday and then cross state lines to face St. Peters's on Sunday.

Friday's game pits the 2-9-0 Jaspers against a Loyola squad that is 7-3-2 overall. Manhattan is 1-2 in the MAAC this season, but has not defeated Loyola since 1994. Last year, the Greyhounds defeated Manhattan by a 2-0 score. This year, Loyola and Manhattan play at 3 p.m.

On Sunday, the Greyhounds head over to Jersey City, N.J. to face the 9-3-0 Peacocks. St. Peter's is also 1-2 in the MAAC, but they come off a 5-1 win over Manhattan. Loyola has done well in recent years against St. Peter's, winning the last seven contests between the two teams.

Freshman Omar Alfonso leads Loyola's offense with his 10 goals and 23 points. Junior Kevin Nash has five goals while senior Steve Coleman has a team-high four assists. In goal, freshman Justin Chelland has stepped up his play to help a very strong Greyhound defense. He has started the last three games, not allowing a single goal in those contests.

Loyola is alone atop the MAAC standings with their four conference wins. Siena and Marist, however, are close behind with only one loss.