PHILADELPHIA - Coming off of a remarkable 1-0 victory over #24 VCU this past Sunday, the Saint Joseph's men's soccer team will look to keep its momentum going as the Hawks head to Saint Louis this Sunday for the first of three final regular-season road matches. Game time is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. CT (2:00 p.m. ET) at Robert R. Hermann Stadum in St. Louis, Mo.
SERIES HISTORY – Saint Louis leads 7-0-0
First Meeting: 9/19/70, Saint Louis 4-0 • Last Meeting: 10/19/12, Saint Louis 1-0
Last Saint Joseph’s Win: --- • Last Saint Louis Win: 10/19/12, 1-0
Coach D’Ambra vs. Saint Louis: 0-2-0 • Saint Joseph’s Streak: -7
SCOUTING SAINT LOUIS: The Billikens are coming off of a 3-2 overtime loss to #11 Louisville this past Thursday, October 31, at Cardinal Park in Louisville, Ky. Robert Kristo scored two goals, including an equalizer with less than a minute remaining in regulation. David Andre made six saves in 95:15 for SLU. On the season, Kingsley Bryce (6G, 3A), Alex Sweetin (5G, 5A), and Kristo (6G, 2A) lead SLU’s offense. SLU’s Nick Shackelford (9-3-2) missed the match due to a red card late into the previous match but is expected to return on Sunday. Shackelford sports a 0.81 GAA and .812 saves percentage off of 12 goals allowed and 52 saves in 1326:01. Andre (0-1-0) owns a 2.61 GAA in 103:24.
LAST TIME OUT AGAINST THE BILLIKENS: On October 19 of last season, #23 Saint Louis scored in the 71st minute to defeat Saint Joseph’s, 1-0, at Finnesey Field. SLU's Bryce Kingsley took a throw-in for the Billikens, firing the ball into a mix of SLU offense and SJU defense. SJU goalkeeper Michael Moulton stepped out to capture the throw-in, but the ball slipped through his hands, remaining in play. SLU’s Alex Sweetin found the ball and pushed it into the open Hawks net. For the game, Saint Joseph's held the advantage in shots (13-9), but Saint Louis strongly outnumbered SJU in corner kicks (10-1), giving the Billikens strong opportunities on the offensive end.
LAST TIME OUT: Senior forward Ryan McFadden scored his first collegiate goal in the 85th minute and redshirt senior goalkeeper Andrew D'Ottavi blanked the Rams to lift the Saint Joseph's men's soccer team to a 1-0 victory over Atlantic 10 foe #24 VCU on Sunday, October 27, at Sweeney Field. The goal snapped the Hawks' four-game losing streak and gave them their first conference win of the season. The goal unfolded as junior forward Alex Critzos gained possession of a misdirected VCU pass. Critzos turned and found sophomore midfielder Tim Lazorko high on the left wing. Lazorko created some room and launched a pass to McFadden that would result in the match-winning goal, which the senior buried into the lower-right corner. For the game, Saint Joseph's held a 13-12 advantage in shots and held even with VCU in shots on goal, as each team fired off four for the match. The Rams held a slight 3-2 edge in corner kicks.
D'OTTAVI'S DOMINANCE: Boasting a blank slate against #24 VCU, Saint Joseph’s redshirt senior goalkeeper Andrew D’Ottavi was named the Philadelphia Soccer Six Defender of the Week, marking his second Soccer Six honor this season and fifth of his career. In the final home match of his collegiate career, D'Ottavi was brilliant between the pipes on Sunday as he made four saves to hand VCU its first conference loss on the year. D’Ottavi is just the fourth goalkeeper to blank the Rams offense this season. D’Ottavi made one save in the first half and three in the second. After SJU’s 85th-minute goal, VCU launched one more shot on goal of its own, but the senior captain made a tremendous stop in the 86th minute to preserve the clean sheet. With Sunday’s four-save effort, D'Ottavi passes former SJU goalkeeper Kevin Dougher ‘03 to rank fourth on SJU's all-time list for career saves with 352. Additionally, with his fifth shutout of the season and 10th of his career, the veteran takes sole possession of fifth on SJU's all-time list for career shutouts.
HOME SWEET HOME: The Hawks rounded out their nine-match home season this past Sunday with a 1-0 victory over #24 VCU to conclude the season at 2-4-3 on Sweeney. Prior to the start of the match, Saint Joseph's honored it's 10 seniors - Andrew D'Ottavi, Ryan McFadden, Pat McGlynn, Michael Moulton, Sam Pozzessere, Brendan Reilly, Colin Reilly, Jimmy Reilly, Brian Reynolds, and Connor Widerman - for their commitment and dedication the men's soccer program over the course of their careers on Hawk Hill.