Oct. 17, 2007
Baltimore, Md. - The Loyola men's soccer team looks to extend its five-game winning streak this weekend at MAAC foes Manhattan and St. Peter's. The Greyhounds, who began the year with a six-game win streak, have won five straight, all via shutout, and enter the weekend with an 11-2 overall record and a 4-0 mark in league play.
The Greyhounds' success has landed them atop the North Atlantic Regional Rankings and has them receiving votes in the national polls.
Since its loss at the Oregon State Soccer Classic on September 22, Loyola has responded with five straight shutouts behind a solid defense led by co-captains Tennant McVea and Josh Taylor. In that five-game stretch, sophomore keeper Milos Kocic has ran his season shutout total to eight and has lowered his season goals-against average to 0.54.
On offense, the Greyhounds have enjoyed a 1-2 punch of freshman Phil Bannister and sophomore Jamie Darvill. Bannister has eight goals and 19 points while Darvill has five goals and 14 points this season. The two of them have combined for seven game-winning goals. McVea, who has three goals on the year, has three game-winners himself to give the trio of Bannister, Darvill and McVea 10 combined game-winners in Loyola's 11 wins.
On Friday night, Loyola will play at Manhattan. The Jaspers are 2-9-1 this season and 0-3 in the MAAC after last Saturday's 1-nil loss to Saint Peter's. Game time from Gaelic Park is slated for 7 p.m.
On Sunday, the `Hounds will play Saint Peter's at Jaroschak Field in Jersey City, N.J. The Peacocks enter the weekend with an 8-3-1 overall record and a 1-1-1 MAAC record. They have a pair of seven-goal scorers this season in Juan Gaviria and Murphy Wiredu and host Rider on Friday afternoon.
Loyola is 5-2 away from home this season, but after this weekend, will not leave the friendly confines of Diane Geppi-Aikens Field until the MAAC Championships in Orlando, Fla. from November 14-18. The Greyhounds are currently alone in first place in the conference standings, three points ahead of Canisius and Iona.