PHILADELPHIA - After 92 minutes of scoreless action, Fairfield's Matt McGlinchey connected on a penalty kick to down the Saint Joseph's men's soccer squad, 1-0, in overtime on Sweeney Field on Wednesday evening. With the loss, the Hawks fall to 0-2-0 while the Stags improve to 1-0-1.
How It Happened
• Junior midfielders Ritchie Barry (4) and Alvin Dahn (3) combined for seven of SJU's eight shots for the match; Barry landed a team-high two shots on net (53', 81') while Dahn landed the other (23').
• Dahn fired off a shot that sailed just high with five seconds to play in regulation.
• The only goal of the match unfolded just 2:12 into the first overtime frame as an SJU defender committed a foul inside the box, setting up McGlinchey's late-match heroics for the visitors.
Behind the Stats
• Sophomore goalkeeper Joseph Boehm (0-2-0) finished the night with 10 saves, including seven in the second half.
• The Stags held a 19-8 advantage in shots, propelled by a 14-5 second half, and an 11-3 performance in shots on goal.
• Junior Daniel Morales moved up into a central midfield role while junior captain Aidan Watkins settled in at centerback; freshman centerback Michael Mullins was unavailable for the match due to yellow card accumulation in the season opener but will be eligible to return next match.
• The start of the match was delayed by 37 minutes due to lightning while the start of the second half was also delayed by 27 minutes.
"We defended great, but I don't think we're executing well in the attack," said head coach Don D'Ambra following Wednesday's match. "We had a ton of attacking opportunities, but we have to execute better. It comes down to one play. I'm discouraged, because we're 0-2 and we're a lot better than that. If it's going to help us grow and humble them and make them hungry . . . I don't think it's going to drop their confidence."
"Joseph [Boehm] is so much more mature this year. He's handling situations better, he's not getting rattled. A PK is tough to manage. He's a confident kid, so that helps him. Even if he makes a mistake, he doesn't hang his head. He stays confident. I think he looks a lot better this year. He looks stronger and understands situations better."
"Aidan [Watkins] did a great job in the centerback position. He understands the position and was comfortable and communicating."
The Hawks hit the road for their first road contest of 2019 this Saturday, September 7 at LIU (2-0-0). Opening kickoff at Hofstra Soccer Stadium in Hempstead, N.Y. is set for 8:00 p.m.