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Men’s Soccer Begins 2015 Campaign


The Loyola men’s soccer team started its 2015 campaign with a 0-0 draw against Saint Francis (PA). In a game that included seven players making their debut for the Greyhounds, Loyola was constantly fighting a very stingy defense in St. Francis. Loyola mustered up nine shots in the game but St. Francis’ goalkeeper, Andrew Garcia, met them all.

In the 28th minute Loyola did manage to put one in the back of the net, but it was called off and ruled a corner kick instead.

Junior Matt Sanchez of Loyola led all players with six crucial saves, while Senior Calvin Rezende of St. Francis had a game high six shots (3 were on goal).

Overall the game was very scrappy. There were 30 fouls called (13 on Loyola) and the head referee over-ruled his assistant on multiple occasions. Four yellow cards were issued in the game (1 on Loyola), which prevented either team from establishing a clear stronghold on the game until the second half. St. Francis showed real offensive firepower by constantly putting the Loyola defense and midfield under pressure, which resulted in numerous scoring chances. It was a constant fight for Loyola to not give up the crucial first goal.

In the two extra-time periods, Loyola firmly controlled St. Francis. Loyola had many opportunities to score, but they couldn’t find the necessary pass to set up the key scoring chances.

The men’s soccer team travels to Philadelphia to play at La Salle on August 31.   The next home game is September 5 against Old Dominion.

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Men’s Soccer Begins 2015 Campaign