Mid-Afternoon Match Sends Men's Soccer To American Wednesday

Oct. 28, 2014

Game Information
Opponent American Eagles
Date Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Time 3 p.m.
Location Washington, D.C. | Reeves Field
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Wednesday’s Contest
• This will be the 41st meeting between Loyola and American in men’s soccer.
• Senior Joseph Cahalan and sophomore Matt Sanchez earned Corvias Patriot League weekly honors this week. Cahalan was the defensive player of the week and Sanchez was the goalkeeper. 

Last Time Out
• Senior Joseph Cahalan scored in the final minute of regulation, heading in a long cross from sophomore John Toher, to get the Greyhounds a 1-1 tie with No. 20 Boston University.
• With a tie, Loyola became the first Patriot League team to take points from BU this year.
• In goal, sophomore Matt Sanchez stopped a career-high seven shots. 

Loyola Greyhounds (5-6-3, 2-3-1 Patriot League)
• Seniors Connor Thompson and Joseph Cahalan lead the Greyhounds with three goals this year, while sophomore Ryan Tuck has two goals.
• Sophomore Dylan Engel is third on the team with five points on one goal and three assists.
• Sophomore Laurin Vogel shares the team lead of three assists with Engel, while juniors Brennan Goldsmith and Jake Heroux both have scored one goal.
• Nine Greyhounds have recorded their first point this year. Engel (Bucknell), Tuck (Stetson), Goldsmith (Army) and Heroux (Drexel) all notched their first collegiate goals, while Vogel (Howard), Toher (Boston University), freshman Danny Mooney (Army), senior Joey Wilkins (Bucknell) and freshman Brad Warenicz (Stetson) all contributed an assist.
• Tuck and Cahalan have both earned Corvias Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week honors, while sophomore transfer Matt Sanchez has earned a pair of goalkeeper honors.
• Sanchez has played all 1337 minutes and has recorded four shutouts.
• Five players made their debuts as Greyhounds vs. St. Francis; Sanchez in goal, Toher, sophomore transfer Dolu Oyewole, Engel and Warenicz.
• Mooney earned his first action at Campbell. 

Patriot League Honors
• Senior Joseph Cahalan and sophomore Ryan Tuck were honored by the league this week, both being named a Corvias Patriot League Player of the Week.
• Cahalan earned his first career weekly honor by being tabbed the defensive player of the week. In addition to his play defensively, Cahalan scored the game-winning goal with 37 seconds remaining in regulation to get the Greyhounds a 1-1 tie with No. 20 Boston University. 
• Sanched picked up his second goalkeeper of the week honor this season after stopping a career-high seven shots in the tie with the Terriers.  
• With the tie, Loyola becomes the first Patriot League team to take points from BU (5-0-1) this season. 

American Eagles (9-3-2, 3-2-1 Patriot League)
• American has spent time in the national poll this season, after beating then-No. 1 UCLA in early September. The Eagles are receiving votes in this week's poll, picking up nine.
• The Eagles are also coming off back-to-back overtime games, including a 2-1 decision at Lafayette on Saturday. So far this season, American has played in six overtime contests, sporting a 4-0-2 record in extra time. 
• Liam Robley leads the attack with 12 points on four goals and four assists, while Joe Iraola also has four goals this season.
• Dale Ludwig is second on the team with three goals, all game winners.
• In goal, Dylan Hobert has played all 1338 minutes, posting an 0.81 goals-against average and a .812 save percentage. He’s stopped 52 shots, while giving up just 12 goals. 

Series Record
• American is Loyola’s most storied rival in the Patriot League, as the two have met 40 times.
• Loyola holds the advantage in the series, 22-13-4, and has won the last two meetings.
• The Greyhounds’ first-ever Patriot League victory was a 3-1 decision over the Eagles on October 30, 2013. 

Patriot League Standings
• With three regular season contests remaining, all teams are still in contention for the upcoming Patriot League Tournament (November 11, 14 and 16), with no team clinching a spot yet.
• Boston University (5-0-1) leads the way with 16 points and needs one point to secure a spot in the tournament, while Navy (5-1-0) is close behind with 15 points and needs two points to get in.
• American (3-2-1, 10 points) and Lehigh (3-3-0, 9) are third and fourth in the standings, respectively, while Loyola is tied or fifth with Colgate, Army and Bucknell - all teams sporting a 2-3-1 record and seven points. 
• Holy Cross (2-4-0) is one point shy of the slew of fifth-place teams, sitting ninth with six points, and Lafayette (1-5-0) is 10th with three points. 

Up Next
• The Greyhounds will return home to host Navy on Saturday at 7 p.m.
• Loyola’s senior class - Joseph Cahalan, Connor Thompson, Andrew Waddington and Joey Wilkins - will be honored in a pre-game ceremony.