Oct. 31, 2006
Baltimore, Md. - The Loyola men's soccer team will face tournament host Fairfield in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference semifinals this Thursday night at 7 p.m. The Greyhounds, who have already defeated the Stags this season, make a return trip to Connecticut with a berth in the NCAA College Cup on the line.
Loyola claimed a 1-nil victory at Fairfield on Oct. 20 behind Josh Taylor's tally in the 34th minute and Justin Chelland's third straight shutout. The Greyhounds have won their last four games against the Stags on their home pitch and are 22-4 all-time against Fairfield.
The Stags are currently 12-5-1 overall and ranked No. 24 in the nation. Still, Fairfield has lost two of its last four games including a defeat at the hands of Loyola.
The `Hounds enter the tournament with a 6-3 conference record and have been led in scoring by senior Omar Alfonso and his 19 points. Freshman Jamie Darvill, who has six goals this season, has 15 points while both Taylor and senior Rade Kokovic have nine points on the year.
Over the years, Loyola has thrived on the MAAC Tournament stage, having advanced to the tournament in each of its 18 seasons in the league. The Greyhounds are 25-7 all-time in MAAC Tournament games.
This year's tournament includes Niagara and Saint Peter's in the other semifinal, which begins at 4 p.m. The championship game will take place on Sunday morning at 11 a.m. The tournament winner will receive the MAAC's automatic bid to the NCAA College Cup.