From the fertile American soccer pipeline that was North Jersey in the 1980s came Joe Koziol, two years after his late brother Stan ("Stas"), whom he now joins in the Loyola Athletics Hall of Fame.
Joe was a prolific scorer, and his arrival coincided with one of the best two-year stretches for any Loyola athletic team in the Division I era. Loyola won the South Region and advanced to the final eight of the NCAA tournament in both 1986 and 1987, his sophomore and junior seasons.
In 1987, the Greyhounds hosted three thrilling NCAA championship games on the turf at Curley Field, defeating William & Mary thanks to Koziol's goal late in the second half before beating Virginia in the tournament for the second year in a row. That season, Koziol was clutch; eight of his 13 goals were game winners, and three of those came in 1-0 wins.
A year earlier, when the team was unbeaten during the regular season, Koziol's header assist helped the Greyhounds beat the top-ranked Cavaliers in Charlottesville in the NCAA tournament, and he also scored early in the game in a win over George Mason in the Round of 16.
Koziol's 37 goals and 97 points each rank fourth in the Division I era at Loyola.
He later played nearly 150 games and scored 69 goals in the Major Indoor Soccer League and National Professional Soccer League for the Baltimore Blast, Baltimore Spirit, and Cleveland Crunch.
As a professional, Koziol displayed the same nose for the goal he had during his Loyola career.
"Most people say there are outstanding American goalkeepers and defenders but no outstanding midfielders or forwards," legendary Baltimore indoor soccer coach Kenny Cooper said at the time. "I believe Joe Koziol disproves that theory."
He also served as an assistant coach at Loyola following graduation. In 2012, he was named to the Maryland Soccer Hall of Fame.