PHILADELPHIA – The Saint Joseph's men's soccer squad (1-1-0) will host Quinnipiac (0-1-1) in the 2018 home opener this Saturday, September 1. Kickoff is set for 7:00 p.m. on Sweeney Field, the first of eight home matches to be played on Hawk Hill this fall.
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Captained by senior defender Eddie McCusker, redshirt junior midfielder Lou Vilotti, and redshirt junior defender Mike Fornaro, Saint Joseph’s returns 17 Hawks, including eight starters from a season ago, and will sport a roster of six seniors, seven juniors, six sophomores, and 12 first-year players this fall. For the complete 2018 season preview, please click here.
The Hawks opened the season with a 2-0 road loss at William and Mary last Friday but bounced back with a 3-1 road win over Saint Peter’s on Tuesday evening; junior forward Leon Maric (24’), freshman midfielder Garrett Lyons (50’), and freshman forward Frantz Pierrot (72’) scored for the Crimson and Gray while freshman goalkeeper Joseph Boehm earned his first collegiate victory in net.
Quinnipiac is 0-1-1 on the 2018 season with a 2-1, season-opening home loss to Boston College and a 1-1 draw with UMass Lowell this past Monday. Forward Eamon Whelan has scored both of Quinnipiac’s goals on the season while defender Jeppe Haehre and midfielder Paulo Soares have dished out assists on those scores. Goalkeeper Chrys Iakovidis (0-1-1) sports a 1.29 goals against average and .824 save percentage with three goals allowed vs. 14 saves in all 210:00.
The Bobcats, selected to finish fourth in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (in a field of 11 teams), went 8-9-2 overall (6-4-0 MAAC) and reached the MAAC Tournament semifinals last fall.
Saturday’s match will mark just the second all-time meeting between Saint Joseph’s and Quinnipiac; the Hawks and Bobcats met in the third match of last year’s campaign, as well, with the Bobcats coming out with a 1-0 victory in Hamden, Conn.; then-junior forward Derek MacKinnon landed SJU’s lone shot on goal, on Iakovidis, in the 17th minute.