Pittsburgh Visits Ridley For Monday Night Men's Soccer Match
|Date||Monday, September 4, 2017|
|Location||Baltimore, Md. | Ridley Athletic Complex|
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Loyola Greyhounds (2-0-1, 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 unbeaten, at 2-0-1, for the first time since 2008. The Greyhounds beat La Salle, 5-4, in double overtime - the program’s first season-opening win since 2011 - before downing St. John’s, 1-0, in the home opener and playing Preseason CAA favorite William & Mary to a weather-shortened 90-minute scoreless draw Friday night.
• Among the NCAA stat leaders through September 1, 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 one of three Patriot League players with multiple assists this season and is tied with Army’s Keenan O’Shea with 1.000 per game.
• 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 last week, while Fawole was also an honorable mention on the TopDrawerSoccer Team of the Week.
Pittsburgh Panthers (1-2-0, 0-0-0 ACC)
• Pittsburgh opened its season with a pair of 1-0 losses to Ohio State and James Madison at the Wolstein Classic in Columbus, Ohio, before earning a 2-0 win over Longwood in its home opener.
• Against the Lancers, the Panthers held a 23-6 shot advantage throughout the game, but it wasn’t until a penalty kick in the 76th minute that they were able to get on the board. Pittsburgh added to its lead in the 87th minute.
• Javi Perez and Colin Brezniak are the lone Panthers to score this season, with Perez picking up the lone game-winning goal on the penalty kick vs. Longwood.
• Mikal Outcalt has played all 270 minutes in goal. He’s given up two goals and collected 10 saves for a 0.67 goals-against average and a .833 save percentage.
Versus The Panthers
• Loyola and Pittsburgh met for the first time in men’s soccer a year ago at Ambrose Urbanic Field, with the Greyhounds coming out on top of a 2-1 overtime decision.
• The Panthers scored first in the 25th minute, but sophomore Barry Sharifi netted a pair of late goals off set pieces - in the 89th and 93rd minutes - to seal the win for Loyola.
• Sophomore Josh Fawole was taken down just outside of the box in the 89th minute and Sharifi placed the free kick in the upper left corner for the game’s equalizer.
• Sharifi then spun a 35-yard free kick off of the top of Pitt goalkeeper Mikal Outcalt’s hands for the game winner just three minutes into the overtime period.
• Loyola held a 14-7 shot advantage and a 10-4 advantage in corner kicks throughout the contest.
• Loyola remains home for a Saturday night tilt against Villanova. The Greyhounds and Wildcats will kickoff from Ridley Athletic Complex at 7 p.m.
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