PHILADELPHIA – Averaging nearly three goals per match in the month of September, the Saint Joseph's men's soccer squad hits the road to face Manhattan (5-1-0) this Saturday, September 15. Opening kickoff is set for 7:00 p.m. at Gaelic Field in Riverdale, N.Y. The Hawks are 1-2-0 on the road this year.
Live streaming of the match will be provided via the Jasper Sports Network, while live stats will be provided through GoJaspers.com.
The Hawks are coming off of a historic home win on Tuesday night as Saint Joseph's earned its first win over Navy in program history; junior forward Leon Maric (9') and sophomore midfielder Ritchie Barry (50') led the scoring efforts while freshman goalkeeper Joseph Boehm (4-2-0) and his defensive unit picked up their first clean sheet of the season in the 2-0 victory.
Sophomore midfielder Alvin Dahn has notched 10 points, on three goals and four helpers, in five appearances to factor into exactly half of SJU's 14 scoring plays this fall. Maric leads the team in goals (4) while Barry has also been a significant contributor on the offensive end with two goals and two assists.
Defensively, senior Eddie McCusker, redshirt junior Mike Fornaro, and sophomores David Grana and Daniel Morales have anchored SJU's back line, allowing just 1.33 goals per outing. Boehm (4-2-0) sports a 1.33 goals against average and .733 save percentage with eight goals allowed vs. 22 saves in all 540:00 and has held the opposition scoreless in his last 144 minutes, since the 36th minute against Sacred Heart.
"As a freshman, I'm extremely surprised by his poise back there," said head coach Don D'Ambra of Boehm following SJU's win over Navy on Tuesday. "He doesn't get rattled. He's always good for that big save that you need. He's very consistent and steady, and that's what we want from our keeper."
Manhattan opened the season with three consecutive wins over Navy, 1-0, California Baptist, 3-1, and St. Francis Brooklyn, 2-0, before suffering its only loss of the season at Sacred Heart, 2-1. The Jaspers then bounced back with a 5-1 road win at VMI and a 2-1 road win at Liberty. Brandon Joseph-Buadi owns a team-high four goals while Berti Fourrier has gone for three goals and two helpers to lead Manhattan's offense. Marcellin Gohier (5-1-0) sported a 0.80 goals against average and .800 save percentage through the first five matches and has seen every minute in net.
The Jaspers, predicted to finish fifth in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (in a field of 11 teams), went 9-8-1 overall (6-3-1 MAAC) last fall and reached the first round of the 2017 MAAC Tournament; Gohier was tabbed to the 2018 Preseason All-MAAC Team.
Saturday's match will mark the ninth all-time meeting between Saint Joseph's and Manhattan, and the Hawks own a 4-2-2 all-time series advantage. The Hawks welcomed the Jaspers back to their schedule last season for the first time since 2006 and came away with a 2-1 overtime win on Sweeney Field on September 6; then-sophomore midflelder Matt Mullock's first collegiate goal came as the overtime match-winner in the 94th minute and SJU's first goal, scored by alum Matt Crawford, was created by a brilliant defensive play by then-freshman midfielder Alan Kahlenbeck.
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