Men's Soccer Makes First-Ever Trip To Texas To Face SMU Friday Night
|Date||Friday, September 15, 2017|
|Time||8:00 p.m. ET / 7:00 p.m. CT|
|Location||Dallas, Texas | Westcott Field|
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• This will mark the program’s first-ever trip to Texas for a men’s soccer match, as the Greyhounds have never faced an opponent hailing from the Lone Star State.
• Loyola, picked to win the Patriot League, debuted at the top spot in this season’s first Northeast Region region rankings. It currently ranks second and is receiving votes in the national poll.
• The Greyhounds started the season with a pair of wins for the first time since 2008 and unbeaten through three games for the first time since 2011. Loyola also beat La Salle, 5-4, in double overtime to notch the program’s first season-opening win since 2011.
• All five of Loyola’s games have been decided by one goal or less this year.
• The Greyhounds have had at least one player earn each of the Patriot League individual weekly awards this year, while at least two Greyhounds have been honored each week.
• Josh Fawole (offensive), Gabriel Carlsson (midfield) and Sam Brown (rookie) were honored for their play in the first week, at La Salle and vs. St. John’s.
• A. Mickey Watson (defensive) and Chase Vosvick (goalkeeper and rookie) were honored the second week for their contributions to a scoreless draw at preseason CAA favorite William & Mary.
• Barry Sharifi (midfield) earned his first midfielder award in the third week, while Vosvick (goalkeeper) picked up his second-straight after the Pittsburgh and Villanova matches.
• Sophomores Brian Saramago and Sharifi were selected as the Patriot League offensive and midfield players of the year, respectively.
Loyola Greyhounds (3-1-1, 0-0-0 Patriot League)
• The Greyhounds are coming off a 1-0 win over Villanova, a 2016 NCAA Tournament team.
• Sophomore Barry Sharifi scored the game-winning goal in the 82nd minute, heading in a corner kick from junior Gabriel Carlsson.
• Carlsson and Sharifi lead the Greyhounds with four points each, as Carlsson is the lone Greyhound with multiple assists this season and Sharifi is the only player with multiple goals.
• Carlsson’s four assists are tied for seventh nationally and rank first in the Patriot League this year.
• In addition to Sharifi, five other Greyhounds have scored this season - Nico Brown, Sam Brown, Sam Carter, Josh Fawole and A. Mickey Watson.
• 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.
SMU Mustangs (4-1-0, 0-0-0 American Athletic)
• The Mustangs are 4-1-0 this year, including an undefeated 3-0 at home.
• SMU opened the season with three-straight home games, beating UC Davis, 3-2, Oakland, 2-1, and Cornell, 3-0, before falling to No. 1 Stanford, 3-1, on the road. The Mustangs rebounded with a 1-0 win at Santa Clara Saturday night.
• Five Mustangs have scored this year, while SMU is led by Mauro Cichero’s four goals and 11 points, totals that rank tied for 17th and tied for 11th in the NCAA, respectively.
• SMU’s offense has tallied 10 goals, 12 assists and 32 points this season, while it’s defense has given up six goals, only one of which was assisted.
• In goal, Michael Nelson has played all 450 minutes for the Mustangs. He’s allowing 1.20 goals per game and has a .714 save percentage to go with 15 saves.
Versus The Mustangs
• This marks the first meeting for Loyola and SMU in men’s soccer.
• The Greyhounds will remain on the road for two more matches, including the Patriot League opener.
• Loyola faces Colgate Friday at 6 p.m. before traveling to Cleveland State Monday for a 6 p.m. kickoff.
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