PHILADELPHIA – The Saint Joseph's men's soccer squad (2-1-2) will face Sacred Heart (0-4-1) on the road this Tuesday, September 12, its second road test in four days. Kickoff at Park Avenue Field in Fairfield, Conn. is set for 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday’s match will mark the first meeting between Saint Joseph’s and Sacred Heart in program history.
The Hawks are coming off of a scoreless draw at VMI on Saturday, where senior goalkeeper Greg O'Connell made a season-high seven saves and senior defender Ben Zambetti made a crucial team save late in regulation. SJU has now gone to overtime in three of its last four matches.
Senior midfielder Matt Crawford has scored five of SJU's six goals this fall, while O'Connell (2-1-1) sports a 0.55 goals against average and .895 save percentage in 327:54. Zambetti, junior defender Eddie McCusker, freshman defender Daniel Morales, and freshman midfielder Aidan Watkins have played all 493 minutes through SJU's first five matches.
Sacred Heart started the season 0-4-0 with losses to NJIT, UMass, Manhattan, and Seton Hall and was outscored 8-0 before taking home a 2-1 double-overtime win over Saint Peter's on Saturday; Ermir Celaj sent in the equalizer in the 88th minute before Oscar Curras scored the match-winner in the 105th minute.
The Pioneers were predicted to finish sixth of eight teams in the Northeast Conference Preseason Poll. SHU finished 5-11-2 overall and 3-4 in the NEC last fall.
Under the direction of eighth-year head coach Don D'Ambra, Saint Joseph’s returns 14 Hawks and adds 11 first-year players for the 2017 season. The Hawks are captained by 2016 Atlantic 10 All-Conference Second Team Crawford, Zambetti, and McCusker. For the complete 2017 season preview, please click here.
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