Oct. 30, 2009
CHICAGO - The Loyola University Chicago men's soccer team heads east for a Halloween showdown with Horizon League rival Detroit this Saturday (Oct. 31) at 11 a.m. CT.
LAST TIME OUT: The Ramblers lost two close matches, to No. 17 Northwestern (1-0) and UIC (2-1). LU gave up the lone goal to the Wildcats in the 83rd minute, while the Flames scored the game-winner in double overtime to defeat the Ramblers. Senior Alex Jones tallied Loyola's only goal of the week, scoring on a highlight-reel bicycle kick against UIC.
LOYOLA SCOUTING REPORT: Loyola takes a 3-7-4 record and an 0-4-2 mark in league play to Saturday's match in Detroit. LU picked up its wins against Canisius (4-0), UMKC (1-0) and Oral Roberts (2-1). Loyola has also played to four draws this season, including one against then-No. 6 Creighton on Sept. 1. Senior Mark Halma leads the team in scoring with three goals and an assist, while sophomore goalkeeper Peter McKeown owns a 0.89 goals against average, 41 saves and four shutouts this season.
DETROIT SCOUTING REPORT: The Titans enter Saturday's tilt at 3-11-1 overall and 1-5-0 in league play after dropping a 3-0 decision to No. 17 Butler on Tuesday (Oct. 27). UD's lone league win came against Wright State on Oct. 8, when the Titans downed the Raiders, 3-2, in overtime. Otieno Victor leads the team with four goals, while Brandon Waterstradt has received most of the team's minutes in goal this season, making 74 saves and earning a 2.05 GAA through 15 games.
MARTIN EARNS ACADEMIC HONORS: Junior Will Martin has been named to the ESPN The Magazine Men's Soccer Academic All-District V First Team, the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced on Oct. 29. To be eligible, student-athletes must be a starter or important reserve, have reached sophomore standing both academically and athletically at their current institution and have a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale. Martin earns the honors after being named U.S. Army Horizon League Scholar-Athlete of the Week honors three times, along with being named to the League's Fall All-Academic Team, in 2008. After being named First Team All-District, Martin Will be eligible for Academic All-America status.
LET'S PLAY FOUR: Six of Loyola's 14 matches this season have gone to double overtime, with four resulting in a draw. The Ramblers have played to two scoreless ties, a 1-1 tie and a 2-2 tie, while earning one of their three wins in extra time against UMKC.
SPREADING THE WEALTH: Loyola's 13 goals this season have been scored by seven different players. Senior Mark Halma leads the team with three, while classmates Michael Ferguson and Alex Jones follow with two. Andy Weis, Eric Gehrig, Eric Nock and Jordan Lewis have also scored for the Ramblers.
HALMA EARNS LEAGUE HONORS: Senior Mark Halma earned Horizon League Player of the Week honors on Sept. 21 for his efforts in helping the Ramblers to the UMKC Invitational title. Halma finished the week with two goals and tournament Most Valuable Player honors.
HE'S GOT CLASS: Senior defender Malcolm DeBaun was named a candidate for the 2009 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award on Aug. 26. The award is given to the student-athlete who best displays excellence in four different areas - classroom, character, community and competition. DeBaun is one of 30 candidates in the men's soccer division.
UP NEXT: The Ramblers return to Loyola Soccer Park on Nov. 7 to host Green Bay for their regular season finale at 7 p.m. CT. The team will be honoring its five graduating seniors as a part of its Senior Day festivities.