Men's Soccer Prepares For Championship Run

Nov. 11, 2004

Baltimore, Md. - The Loyola College men's soccer team finished a perfect year in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference and now must win two more games to get the conference's automatic bid in the NCAA Tournament. The top-seeded Greyhounds play host Rider in the MAAC Tournament Semifinals this Friday at 1:30 p.m.

The Greyhounds, which led the league in goals and goals-against average this year, capped a 9-0 MAAC season with a pair of 2-0 shutouts last weekend. As the No. 1 seed, Loyola faces the Broncs of Rider, which earned a 2-1 win over Marist on Sunday to clinch the fourth and final seed.

Rider is 5-4 in the conference this season and hosted Loyola in a regular season match back on September 25. The Greyhounds won that game with Rade Kokovic and Vinnie Piscopo scoring goals in a 2-1 decision. Loyola has won its last six games against Rider and leads the all-time series 13-5-1.

Kokovic ended the regular season as Loyola's top scorer, registering 17 points on four goals and nine assists. Piscopo leads the team in goals with six while senior Kevin Nash (5 goals, 14 points) and sophomore Omar Alfonso (11 points) each have double-digit point totals.

Head Coach Mark Mettrick, who has won the regular season MAAC title in each of his five seasons at Loyola, now has a 64-23-10 record at Evergreen and a 121-65-22 career mark. His Greyhounds have won eight of their last nine games and have a 11-5-1 record heading into the tournament.

Marist and Saint Peter's play in the first Semifinal at Rider. Their match is scheduled for an 11 a.m. kick off with the winner advancing to the MAAC Championship Game. The title game will be played at noon this Sunday, November 14 at Rider Campus Soccer Field.