PHILADELPHIA – The Saint Joseph's men's soccer squad (2-5-2) will close the non-conference portion of the 2017 schedule when the Hawks host Central Connecticut (3-5-1) this Saturday, September 30. Kickoff is slated for 5:00 p.m. on Sweeney Field.
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Saturday’s match will mark the fourth all-time meeting between Saint Joseph’s and Central Connecticut. The Blue Devils own a 2-1-0 all-time series advantage, but the Hawks are 1-0-0 under the direction of head coach Don D’Ambra after earning a 2-0 win on September 24 of last season; current senior midfielder Matt Crawford scored twice in just under three minutes, the latter on a penalty kick, and current senior goalkeeper Greg O'Connell made six saves for the shutout. Prior to that meeting, the squads had faced each other in 1986 and 1987.
The Hawks are coming in off of a 3-0 loss at Navy on Tuesday. Crawford has scored five of SJU's seven goals this fall, while O'Connell (2-5-1) sports a 1.43 goals against average and .796 save percentage in 691:08.
After dropping its season opener to UMass Lowell (2-1 OT), Central Connecticut won back-to-back games against Niagara (3-1) and FGCU (2-0) before dropping a pair to Stony Brook (2-1) and Canisius (4-0). The Blue Devils then defeated Howard (3-1) and drew with UMass (1-1) before falling to Columbia (2-0) and, most recently, Hartford (3-2 2OT) on Tuesday. Andres Muriel Albino leads the Blue Devils with three goals and three assists while Ryan Taylor has dished out a team-best four helpers, with two coming vs. Hartford. Carson D'Ambrosio and Nick Velleca have split time in net, with D'Ambrosio playing the full match vs. Hartford.
Central Connecticut went 2-12-3 overall and 1-5-1 in the Northeast Conference in 2016.
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