PHILADELPHIA – The Saint Joseph's men's soccer squad (3-9-4, 1-4-1 A-10) will host George Washington (8-6-2, 5-2-0 A-10) in the 2017 regular-season home finale this Saturday, October 28. Kickoff is slated for 7:00 p.m. on Sweeney Field. The Hawks, predicted to finish 12th this season, sit 11th in league standings with four points while the Colonials are in a tie for second with 15 points. Of SJU's nine losses this year, only two have come at home, as the Hawks are 3-2-3 on Sweeney Field this fall.
Prior to the start of the match, the Saint Joseph's men's soccer program will honor its eight seniors - forward Isaac Agyapong, midfielder Matt Crawford, midfielder Nick Hartwell, defender Kevin Lockhart, goalkeeper Trevor Nicol, goalkeeper Greg O'Connell, defender Tom Santilli, and defender Ben Zambetti - in a Senior Day ceremony.
Saturday’s match will mark the 29th all-time meeting between Saint Joseph’s and George Washington. The Colonials own an 18-7-3 all-time series advantage and have won the last two contests. SJU drew with GW in 2014, 1-1, and earned a 3-1 road win on November 8, 2013.
The Hawks are coming in off of a 3-0 loss vs. VCU on Wednesday.
Crawford has scored six of SJU's 16 goals this season, while Philadelphia Soccer Six Rookie of the Week Ritchie Barry and redshirt freshman defender Ben Cochran own two goals apiece. O'Connell (3-9-3, 1-4-1 A-10) owns a 1.64 goals against average and .765 save percentage in 1319:03. Junior defender Eddie McCusker (1,529 minutes), freshman defender Daniel Morales (1,513), Crawford (1,467) and Barry (1,434) are the only four Hawks to have started all 16 matches and lead SJU in minutes played.
GW dropped three of its first four matches of the season with a loss at Binghamton (4-0), a win at Lehigh (1-0), and back-to-back losses to St. Francis Brooklyn (3-1) and William and Mary (2-1) but went on to suffer only one loss in its next five matches, with a win over Navy (3-1), a draw with UMBC (1-1), a loss at North Carolina (4-1), a win over NJIT (1-0), and a draw at Stony Brook (1-1). The Colonials opened Atlantic 10 play with a 2-1 loss at Rhode Island before winning back-to-back home matches against George Mason (1-0 OT) and Dayton (2-0). GW then suffered a 5-3 setback at La Salle before winning its last three, at VCU (2-1), vs. Davidson (2-0), and vs. Duquesne (1-0), on October 21.
Oscar Haynes Brown (6g, 1a) and Dylan Lightbourn (4g, 3a) lead the Colonials in scoring while Thor Arne Hofs (8-6-2, 5-2-0 A-10) sports a 1.48 goals against average and .774 save percentage alongside six shutouts in 1458:22.
GW went 8-5-5 overall and 3-3-2 in the A-10 last fall, narrowly missing the A-10 Tournament.
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