Oct. 20, 2008
Baltimore, Md. - The Loyola men's and women's soccer programs have quickly turned Baltimore, Md., into Soccer Town USA.
Over the weekend, the men's team won two home matches while the women's team earned a draw on the road. With these decisions, Loyola extended its combined unbeaten streak to 29 games between the two programs, highest in the country. The men's team currently boasts a 21-game unbeaten streak dating back to last season; the women's team is unbeaten in its last eight.
The eight-ranked men's team (12-0-1, 4-0 MAAC) stands as just one of three unbeatens in Division I. Since their last loss against Saint Peter's back on October 21, 2007, Loyola has gone 19-0-2 in its last 21 matches. The team closed out the 2007 season on an eight-game unbeaten streak, using six consecutive wins to claim both the MAAC League and Tournament Titles. The Greyhounds opened NCAA College Cup play with a home win over Liberty and then had their season come to an end after a two-overtime tie at Maryland with the Terrapins advancing on penalty kicks.
Carrying their momentum into the '08 campaign, the Greyhounds quickly raised to national prominence. The team is ranked No. 8 in Monday's recent College Soccer News National Rankings, and are eighth in the latest NSCAA/adidas poll. Loyola beat Marist, 4-1, on Friday and spelled Siena, 3-1, on Sunday. Both the Red Foxes and the Saints entered Evergreen undefeated in conference play, only to be handed their first MAAC loss by the `Hounds.
Men's soccer coach Mark Mettrick recognizes the successes that both Loyola programs have had as each are in conference play. "I wish Katherine Vettori every success with the women's program and hope that we both can continue to add to Loyola's strong soccer tradition," Mettrick said.
The women's team navigated a challenging non-conference schedule and now finds itself unbeaten in MAAC play while being unbeaten in its last eight. During the stretch, the Greyhounds (5-5-4, 3-0-2 MAAC) ripped off a season-high five-game winning streak, outscoring their opponents, 12-1. Loyola has earned two consecutive draws in their last two contests -- a 1-1 tie at Rider and a 1-1 tie at Manhattan.
""We are proud to be a part of such a fantastic winning tradition in both women's and men's soccer here at Loyola," Women's Soccer head coach Katherine Vettori said. "Dating back to last season, the men have been amazing, and we are glad that we have added to the unbeaten streak with our play in the last few weeks."
The men's team puts its unbeaten streak on the line this weekend, traveling to Iona on Friday and Fairfield on Sunday. The women's team will host Niagara Friday and Canisius Sunday at Diane Geppi-Aikens Field.