Men's Soccer to Face Milwaukee on Senior Day

Head coach Brendan Eitz looks for his team to rebound against Panthers.

Head coach Brendan Eitz looks for his team to rebound against Panthers.

Oct. 15, 2010

CHICAGO- Looking to hop back on the winning wagon, the Loyola University Chicago men's soccer team will host Milwaukee on Saturday evening at 7:00 p.m. at Loyola Soccer Park. Prior to the contest, Loyola will recognize the team's seven graduating seniors at midfield.

Last Time Out...
The Loyola University Chicago men's soccer team attempted 20 shots and controlled the tempo throughout the contest, but the Oakland Grizzlies scored the game's only goal to defeat the Ramblers, 1-0 on Saturday afternoon in Rochester, Michigan. Joah Westberg led the Rambler frontline with eight shots in 77 minutes of action. James Howe and Andy Weis managed three shots each on the afternoon. McKeown made three saves on ten Oakland shots.

Loyola (3-6-2, 3-0-1) Scouting Report...

Senior team captain Willie Koss, a 2009 All-Horizon League second team recipient, is back at starting midfielder. Koss is joined by fellow senior teammates Andy Weis and Josh Westberg, both of whom will lead the charge on the Rambler frontline. Veterans Doug Ferner and Will Martin will look to hold opponents from scoring on the backline. Sophomore Eric Nock leads the team with four goals this season. Junior Peter McKeown returns for another season between the posts as Loyola's starting goalkeeper. In 11 games this fall, McKeown has made 23 saves. Head coach Brendan Eitz is in his sixth season as head coach of the Loyola men's soccer team.

Answering the Call...
After opening the season 0-5-1, the Ramblers were searching for answers. The defense wasn't making enough key stops, especially late in games, while the offense couldn't provide a lead, or hold onto one for that matter. It was clear to Eitz and his staff the team had trouble finishing games, as the statistics suggested Loyola was playing more aggressively in the opening half than in the final period. With a few adjustments and since earning its first win of the season against Detroit (1-0), Loyola has seen its second half production increase dramatically, as the team has now outshot opponents 77-50 and scored seven of its 10 goals in the second half. The defense has allowed just two goals in the last five games, as well. The Ramblers answered Eitz's call, and now have placed themselves for a better second half of the 2010 season, too.

Milwaukee (3-6-2, 2-3-0) Scouting Report...
The Panthers enter Loyola Soccer Park coming off a double-overtime loss to Green Bay at home last weekend, 2-1. Milwaukee began the 2010 season with two impressive wins over Marquette and New Hampshire. Since then, however, the young, but talented team has struggled a bit, falling in three of its last four games. Sophomore Andrew Wiedabach leads the Panther offense with 42 shots and three goals this season. Freshman Edison Crespo has scored two goals on nine shots. Despite rotating goalkeepers, sophomore John Skahon should start in net against Loyola. In six games this fall, Skahon has made 20 saves.

History Lesson...
Milwaukee is 18-3-1 all-time against Loyola, dating back to 1982. The Panthers have won the last two meetings between the programs.

Around the Horizon League...
Loyola and Butler remain unbeaten in conference play, while Wright State is the only team not to own a Horizon League win (0-3-1)... At 10-0 (4-0-0 HL), Butler is ranked 12th in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Poll... Green Bay's JC Banks leads the Horizon League in goals scored with eight.