PHILADELPHIA – The Saint Joseph's men's soccer squad (3-6-3, 1-1-0 A-10) remains home to host UMass (8-2-2, 2-0-0 A-10) in Atlantic 10 action this Wednesday, October 11. Kickoff is slated for 7:00 p.m. on Sweeney Field. The Minutemen currently tie for second in league standings with six points, while the Hawks, predicted to finish 12th, currently tie for seventh with three points.
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Wednesday’s match will mark the 26th all-time meeting between Saint Joseph’s and Massachusetts. The Minutemen own a 17-6-2 all-time series advantage, but the Hawks have won the last two meetings with a 2-0 home win in 2015 and a 1-0 road win in 2014.
The Hawks are coming in off of a 2-0 win over George Mason on Saturday evening; redshirt freshman defender Ben Cochran netted his first collegiate goal (40') on a dish from Philadelphia Soccer Six Defensive Player of the Week Eddie McCusker, senior midfielder Matt Crawford added a penalty kick goal (56') for insurance, and senior goalkeeper Greg O'Connell made a career-high nine saves for his second shutout of the season.
Crawford has scored six of SJU's 12 goals this season, but 11 different Hawks own at least one point. O'Connell (3-6-2, 1-1-0 A-10) owns a 1.37 goals against average and .805 save percentage in 984:03. McCusker (1,149 minutes), freshman defender Daniel Morales (1,133), Crawford (1,087), and freshman midfielder Ritchie Barry (1,054) are the only four Hawks to have started all 12 matches and lead SJU in minutes played.
UMass opened its season with a pair of wins over St. Francis (2-1) and Sacred Heart (3-0) and drew with Columbia (1-1) before suffering its first loss of the season to then-#24 New Hampshire (3-0). The Minutemen then defeated Boston University (1-0), fell to Dartmouth (1-0), defeated Colgate (2-1) and drew with Central Connecticut (1-1) before going on to win four in a row over Hartford (3-0), Saint Louis (3-1), Vermont (2-1), and, most recently, Duquesne (5-0). Both of UMass' losses have come on the road.
Davis Smith (7g, 3a) and Alex DeSantis (5g, 4a) lead the Minutemen in scoring, while Bardia Asefnia (8-2-2, 2-0-0 A-10) sports a 0.81 goal against average and .783 save percentage in 1107:41.
UMass went 7-9-3 overall and 4-2-2 in the A-10 last fall. The Minutemen fell to VCU (2-1 OT) in the 2016 A-10 quarterfinals.
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