PHILADELPHIA – Undefeated on Sweeney Field this fall, the Saint Joseph's men's soccer squad remains home to host Navy (1-4-1) this Tuesday, September 11 at 7:00 p.m. on Sweeney Field. The Hawks hit the back of the net eight times in their first two home contests, resulting in a 4-1 win over Sacred Heart this past Saturday and a 4-2 win over Quinnipiac on September 1.
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Led by sophomore midfielder Alvin Dahn (3g, 3a), who has factored into six of SJU's last eight scoring plays, the Hawks are averaging 2.40 goals per match and 4.00 goals per match on Sweeney Field. Junior forward Leon Maric (3g), sophomore midfielder Ritchie Barry (1g, 2a), and freshman forward Frantz Pierrot (1g, 1a) have factored into multiple scoring plays early on while four additional Hawks have scored and three additional Hawks have dished out helpers.
On the defensive end, senior Eddie McCusker, redshirt junior Mike Fornaro, and sophomores David Grana and Daniel Morales have anchored SJU's back line, allowing just 1.60 goals per outing. Freshman goalkeeper Joseph Boehm (3-2-0) sports a 1.60 goals against average and .692 save percentage with eight goals allowed vs. 18 saves in all 450:00 and made a combined nine saves last week, including a season-high seven stops at Stony Brook last Tuesday.
Navy opened the season with three straight losses to Manhattan, 1-0, NJIT, 2-1, and Air Force, 2-0, before picking up a 1-1 draw vs. the College of Charleston and a 4-0 victory over Howard. Last time out (on Saturday), Navy suffered a 2-0 loss vs. UMBC. On the season, six Midshipmen have scored while Collin Armstrong and Bayne Bentley lead the way with one goal and one assist apiece. Ian Bramblett (1-4-1) sports a 1.29 goals against average and .636 save percentage with eight goals allowed vs. 14 saves in all 560:00.
The Midshipmen, predicted to finish ninth in the Patriot League (in a field of 10 teams), went 2-13-2 overall (0-7-2 PL) last fall.
Tuesday's match will mark the 10th all-time meeting between Saint Joseph's and Navy, with the Midshipmen winning all nine meetings (1966, 1986-87, 2006, 2008-09, 2015-17).
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