Email This Page
Men's Soccer Hosts Nationally-Ranked Loyola on Saturday--UPDATE: GAME MOVED TO UMBC STADIUM
TODAY'S GAME HAS BEEN MOVED TO UMBC STADIUM (TURF) DUE TO RAIN AND WET CONDITIONS
The UMBC men's soccer team hosts a nationally-ranked squad on Saturday, as the 17th-ranked Loyola Greyhounds visit UMBC Soccer Stadium. Kick off time is set for 1:00 p.m. There will be FREE t-shirt to the first 100 fans in attendance, and UMBC students will have the chance to win money by competing in halftime soccer skills contests.
Freshman forward Andrew Bulls continued his torrid scoring and sophomore midfielder Dustin Dzwonkowski added a key insurance marker as host UMBC (5-2-1) held off Mount St. Mary’s, 2-1 at UMBC Soccer Stadium.
The Retrievers extended their unbeaten string vs. the Mountaineers to 11 straight, with ten wins and a tie in that span. UMBC is also 7-1-4 in its last 12 home games.
Bulls got UMBC on the board in the 15th minute, scoring for the third time in the last three outings. It was Bulls’ fifth goal of the season and UMBC’s last four goals had come from the freshman.
Bulls has already matched 2007 team leader Andrew Gillis with five goals on the campaign. Gillis is out indefinetely with a foot injury.
The Retrievers added a score in the 61st minute. Sophomore forward B.J. Quigley had a long throw-in deep in Mount territory and senior midfielder Dan Bulls flicked the rebound to his left and Dzwonkowski it in from 16 yards out for his second goal of the season.
UMBC’s last seven games have been decided by a single goal or has gone the distance to a draw. The Retrievers have not outshot a single opponent this season.
Loyola has dominated this series, losing only in 2003 to the Retrievers and winning 18 of the other 20 matches. UMBC’s 2-1 victory over the Greyhounds occured in the title game of the Battle of Baltimore tournament at Towson University. The last four matches have all been decided by a single goal. Loyola triumphed, 1-0 last season on Phil Bannister’s goal in the 56th minute.
Loyola is ranked 17th in the nation in this week’s NSCAA/adidas poll. The Greyhounds have been off since a 1-0 win at Mount St. Mary’s last Saturday. Jamie Darville scored in the fifth minute of play and the Greyhound defense made it stand up for the win. Loyola is also littered among the top programs in the NCAA's recent statistical data, ranking third in won-loss percentage (.929), fourth in team save percentage (.939) and sixth in both team goals-against average (0.28) and shutout percentage (0.71).
Loyola is riding a 15-game unbeaten streak, dating back to last season. Darville leads the team with four goals and 11 points, while Bannister has three goals and seven points.