PHILADELPHIA - Junior midfielder Ritchie Barry scored his second match-winner in as many contests and sophomore midfielder Garrett Lyons and junior midfielder Alvin Dahn added insurance goals to lead the Saint Joseph's men's soccer squad to a 3-0 win over Stony Brook on Tuesday evening on Sweeney Field. With their second win in a row and first home win of the 2019 campaign, the Hawks improve to 2-2-0 while the Sea Wolves fall to 0-3-1.
How It Happened
• Junior midfielder Ritchie Barry scored on a free kick just outside of the left side of the box to put the Hawks on the board in the 60th minute; the goal gives Barry a team-leading two on the season.
• Sophomore midfielder Garrett Lyons followed just over six minutes later with a header, assisted by junior midfielder Daniel Morales, for his first goal of the year (67').
• After firing off two shots on goal that were saved (11', 81') by Stony Brook goalkeeper Yamil Montenegro, junior midfielder Alvin Dahn's game-high fourth shot of the night found the back of the left side of the net, assisted by senior forward Leon Maric.
Behind the Stats
• Sophomore goalkeeper Joseph Boehm (2-2-0) earned his second win of the season and second shutout in a row.
• After taking just two shots in the first half, the Hawks came out of the halftime break with new fire and took three shots in the first 15:00 en route to an overall shot advantage of 11-6 through 90:00.
• SJU's defensive unit held Stony Brook to just one shot in the first half as the back line of junior David Grana, sophomore Johnny Cunningham, and rookie centerbacks Alex Hartmann and Michael Mullins got the job done.
• Freshman midfielder Chris Hunt made his collegiate debut, entering the match in the 37th minute.
"I thought we got off to a slow start in the first half, but I thought our pressure and game plan to press these guys was really effective," said head coach Don D'Ambra following the match. "I thought we didn't get any opportunities in the first half, and we were frustrated. We had 16 crosses in the first half but didn't really have anything to show for it. We weren't aggressive and urgent enough to try to score. We've been in an offensive funk, so I think the confidence was a little low.
"In the second half, it came down to executing. Ritchie [Barry] made a great individual play on the set piece and finished it. We talked about a near-post run, and Garrett [Lyons] made that run and scored. The guys started to execute some of the things we've been talking about. A lot of this is confidence; you make a couple of positive plays, and things start to go your way. Alvin [Dahn] really needed that goal. He's a talented player and for him to get that goal, it takes the pressure off. I was really happy for us to put three on the board and to get a shutout. It's great to have a good defensive consistency for a couple of matches."
"In the first couple of games, we were struggling offensively, but I think last game it started to come," added sophomore midfielder Garrett Lyons. "This game, it really opened up for us. We had a really good scout coming in and we knew that we'd have a lot of opportunities. In the first half, we had a lot of chances but didn't really get anything on goal. In the second half, we came out and said that we needed to score some goals, and we finally came out and got a couple. Once we got one, we knew we could keep going. I was really happy that we could score a bunch at home and get a nice win."
The Hawks hit the road to face Marist this Saturday, September 14. Start time is set for 7:00 p.m. at Tenney Stadium in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.