Nov. 18, 2008
BALTIMORE - The Loyola men's soccer team will face UNC Greensboro in their second round College Cup match on Tuesday, November 25, at 6 p.m. at Diane Geppi-Aikens Field.
The Spartans topped Duke, 2-0, on Friday night in Durham, N.C., in the first round of the tournament. Senior Tebatso Manyama scored a goal and added an assist in the upset.
UNC Greensboro (9-11-2) earned a berth in the tournament after winning the Southern Conference Tournament as a No. 7 seed, the lowest ever to win the SoCon Tournament. The Spartans are just the fifth team in the 50-year history of the NCAA Tournament to make the field with a sub-.500 record. But UNCG are no strangers to the NCAA Tournament though, having reached the College Cup four of the last five years ,including the final sixteen in three (2004,2005,2006).
This week, the Greyhounds (18-1-1) were voted tenth in the final regular season NSCAA/adidas national poll, making it five consecutive weeks that the team has held a spot in the Top-Ten. Loyola earned a number nine seed in the 48-team field and a first-round bye after assembling an excellent tournament resume.
The Greyhounds went undefeated in the regular-season for the first time in 22 seasons (17-0-1), and advanced to the MAAC Tournament Championship before falling to Fairfield, 1-0. The Stags fell to Uconn Friday evening, 1-0, in Storrs, Conn. Loyola finished tied with top-overall seed Wake Forest with the best regular-season record in Division-I.
The Greyhounds' boast the nation's second-best scoring attack at 2.4 goals-a-game, and forwards Jamie Darvill and Phil Bannister stand ninth and tenth in scoring respectively; Darvill accounts for 1.9 points-a-game, Bannister for 1.78 points-a-game. More than holding their own on the defensive side of the ball, the Greyhounds' allow only 0.59 goals-a-game (tenth nationally) and the team's 12 shutouts are sixth best in the country. Keeper Milos Kocic is sixth in save percentage, at 0.868.
Tickets for Tuesday's match are $5 each, and all seats will be general admission. The Loyola Box Office will open at 4 p.m. on the day of the contest.
Loyola students will receive one complimentary ticket to the game, courtesy of the Loyola Office of Student Activities.
The Greyhounds, which enter the Cup with an 18-1-1 record, will host their second NCAA match in as many years. Last year, Loyola defeated Liberty, 2-0, in the College Cup First Round, a contest that was also played at Diane Geppi-Aikens Field.