Men's Soccer Prepares For A Pair Of Tough Non-Conference Matches

Oct. 21, 2003

BALTIMORE, MD - After seven straight Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference matches, the Loyola men's soccer team takes a break from league play with a pair of non-conference games this week. The Greyhounds face American and George Mason as a final tune-up for their MAAC title run.

This Wednesday, the 'Hounds face American at Germantown. Despite its 5-7-1 record this season, American has played very well. The Eagles come off of two consecutive wins, a 3-0 shutout of Princeton and a 3-2 defeat of Colgate.

Loyola leads the all-time series with AU, 20-10-5. The last two meetings between the Greyhounds and Eagles have resulted in 1-0 finals. Loyola won in 2001 and American won at Washington last season.

On Saturday, Loyola plays its final non-conference game of the regular season. The Greyhounds head to Fairfax to play George Mason. The Patriots enter that game with an 8-4-4 overall record.

Historically, the Greyhounds and Patriots are even with the series knotted at 8-8-2. The last time they met on the soccer field, however, was in 1999 and Loyola came away with a 2-0 win.

Loyola is 7-4-3 overall this season with a 4-2-1 conference mark. Freshman Omar Alfonso leads the team in scoring with 10 goals and 23 points, junior Kevin Nash has five goals on the year. The 'Hounds defense has given up a total of three goals in Loyola's last five games and has four shutouts this season.

The Greyhounds close out the regular season with a pair of home MAAC games on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1. The conference tournament, hosted at Disney's Wide World of Sports, will be held Nov. 5-8.