PHILADELPHIA – Undefeated on Sweeney Field this fall, the Saint Joseph's men's soccer squad (4-3-0) returns home to host VMI (0-6-0) this Wednesday, September 19 at 7:00 p.m. on Sweeney Field. The Hawks hit the back of the net 10 times in their first three home contests, resulting in a 4-2 win over Quinnipiac, a 4-1 win over Sacred Heart, and a 2-0 win over Navy.
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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 while freshman goalkeeper Joseph Boehm (4-3-0) sports a 1.43 goals against average and .714 save percentage with 10 goals allowed vs. 25 saves in all 630:00.
VMI is 0-6-0 on the season with losses to Longwood, 3-0, Liberty, 5-0, Appalachian State, 2-1, Manhattan, 5-1, Niagara, 3-1, and, most recently, Campbell, 6-0, last Wednesday; Marco Reyes, Jonathan Martinez, and Wilson Tuck have scored for the Keydets while Jason Nunez dished out VMI's only helper of the season, on Reyes' goal against Manhattan. Broden Schull (0-6-0) sports a 3.89 goals against average and .646 save percentage in 531:37, all but 8:23 on the season. Jared Nenno came in for the last 8:23 against Campbell last time out.
The Keydets, predicted to finish seventh in the Southern Conference (in a field of seven teams), went 0-16-2 overall (0-10 SoCon) last fall.
Wednesday's match will mark the third all-time meeting between Saint Joseph's and VMI. The Hawks won the inaugural meeting, 3-2, back in 2002 while the squads played to a scoreless draw at VMI last fall.
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