Men's Soccer Travels To CAA Preseason Favorite William & Mary Friday Night
|Opponent||William & Mary Tribe|
|Date||Friday, September 1, 2017|
|Location||Williamsburg, Va. | Martin Family Stadium at Albert-Daly Field|
|Watch||Tribe Athletics TV|
|Live Stats||Stat Broadcast|
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Loyola Greyhounds (2-0-0, 0-0-0 Patriot League)
The Greyhounds, picked to win the Patriot League, debuted at the top spot in this season's first Northeast Region region rankings and is earning votes in the national poll, placing them 28th.
Loyola is starting its season 2-0-0 for the first time since 2008 after beating La Salle, 5-4, in double overtime - the program's first season-opening win since 2011.
The Greyhounds followed that up by downing St. John's in the home opener, 1-0.
Among the NCAA stat leaders, the Greyhounds are in the top 10 of two categories, ranking tied for eighth in assists, with eight, and tied for 10th in points, with 20. Loyola is also tied for 11th in goals, scoring six this season.
Individually, junior Gabriel Carlsson ranks tied for third in the NCAA with three assists this year. He's the lone Patriot League player with multiple assists this season.
Loyola returns 14 letterwinners and eight starters from last year's team that turned the program into a contender in the Patriot League. After a winless 2015 in League play, Loyola posted a 6-1-2 record last year to finish runner-up in the Patriot League, the biggest turnaround in League history.
In addition to the 14 returners, Loyola welcomes 13 newcomers to the program.
Sophomores Brian Saramago (offensive) and Barry Sharifi (midfield) were selected as two of the Patriot League's three preseason players of the year.
Six different Greyhounds have scored a goal this year - Nico Brown, Sam Brown, Sam Carter, Josh Fawole, Barry Sharifi and A. Mickey Watson - while three have a goal and an assist - Sam Brown, Carter and Fawole.
Fawole (offensive), Carlsson (midfield) and Sam Brown (rookie) picked up Corvias Patriot League Player of the Week accolades this week, while Fawole was also an honorable mention on the TopDrawerSoccer Team of the Week.
Nine Greyhound freshmen have made their collegiate debuts this season - Sam Brown, David Gunter, Collin Jouan, Ryan O'Connor, Eddy Rodriguez, Aldo Ruiz, Chase Vosvick, TJ Walker and Jordan Wiley. Rodriguez and Vosvick earned their first career starts at La Salle, while Brown, Jouan and O'Connor joined the starting lineup against St. John's.
William & Mary Tribe (1-1-0, 0-0-0 CAA)
The Tribe were picked to win the Colonial Athletic Association and placed five players on the preseason All-CAA Team, including CAA Preseason Player of the Year, Antonio Bustamante.
William & Mary is 1-1 this season after falling at Michigan, 1-0, on a penalty kick in the season opener. The Tribe bounced back with a 3-2 overtime win over NC State, though.
Julian Ngoh scored the game-winner against the Wolfpack, while Reeves Trott and Ryder Bell also notched goals in the contest.
In goal, Phil Breno has played all 182 minutes. He's given up three goals and saved three shots for a 1.48 goals-against average and a .500 save percentage.
Versus The Tribe
While this will be the 30th meeting between the two programs, the squads haven't met since 2011.
Loyola, 8-16-5 all-time vs. the Tribe, is looking for its first win over William & Mary since 1998.
The two squads met every year from 1978 through 1999, except for 1982 and 1983, and then again in 2002, 2004 and 2006, before meeting in four-straight years, 2008-11.
In Williamsburg, Virginia, Loyola is 2-10-1 against the Tribe.
In 2011, the Greyhounds fell to the then-No. 8 team in the country, 1-0, at Albert-Daly Field.
William & Mary scored the game-winning goal in the eighth minute.
Throughout the game, the Tribe held a 16-11 edge in shots and 6-3 advantage in corner kicks.
Loyola returns home for a pair of contests, as the Greyhounds host Pittsburgh Monday at 7 p.m. and Villanova Saturday at 7 p.m.
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