Oct. 29, 2004
Baltimore, Md. - The Loyola men's soccer team looks to stay unbeaten and atop the MAAC standing with two road games this weekend. The Greyhounds, 7-5-1 overall, are 5-0 in the conference with four regular season games remaining on the 2004 slate. Loyola plays at Niagara on Friday and at Canisius on Sunday.
The `Hounds finish up the regular season with four conference games after a one-game MAAC hiatus at American last Wednesday. The Eagles snapped a six-game unbeaten streak with a 2-nil victory over Loyola, but the nine-day break has Loyola re-focused and ready to end the year on a strong note.
Senior Kevin Nash leads Loyola's goal scorers this season with five goals, but it's sophomore Rade Kokovic who leads the team in points with three goals and eight assists. A very balanced attack this season has seen 11 different Greyhounds score goals and two goalies record impressive victories.
The balanced attack has also led to balanced results for the young `Hounds. Loyola is 3-2-1 at home, 3-2 on the road and 1-1 in neutral site games. Senior Greg Peters is 4-4 in goal while sophomore Justin Chelland is 3-1-1. Head Coach Mark Mettrick has won the regular season MAAC title in each of his first four seasons at Loyola and knows the importance of good results in this, the final road trip on the schedule.
The Greyhounds have dominated both Niagara and Canisius over the years and have identical 13-1 series leads against their MAAC counterparts. Last year, the `Hounds defeated Niagara 4-0 and Canisius 2-0 at home. Friday's game is slated for a 3 p.m. start while Sunday's match in Buffalo is 1 p.m.