PHILADELPHIA – The Saint Joseph's men's soccer squad (5-3-0) will close its nine-match non-conference stretch at Fairfield (3-3-0) this Saturday, September 22. Kickoff at Lessing Field in Fairfield, Conn. is set for 7:00 p.m.
The match will be streamed live on the Stags Sports Network, with live stats available on FairfieldStags.com.
The Hawks come into the match on a high note after routing VMI, 5-0, at Sweeney Field on Wednesday night. Sophomore Alan Kahlenbeck tallied two assists while five different Hawks found the back of the net in a dominant performance by the home side. SJU outshot VMI 23-1 on the night and did not allow a shot on target.
Sophomore Alvin Dahn leads the team with 12 points; his goal on Wednesday night was his fourth of the season to go along with four assists. Junior Leon Maric is tops on the squad with five goals, having scored in four of SJU's last five matches. Sophomore Ritchie Barry, the reigning Philadelphia Soccer Six Player of the Week, has scored in three out of four contests and now sits third on the team with eight points.
Freshman goalkeeper Joseph Boehm has started all eight matches for the Hawks, posting a 1.29 goals against average and a .714 save percentage in 700 minutes of play. Boehm has one clean sheet to his name after blanking Navy last week – an effort for which he earned Philadelphia Soccer Six Rookie of the Week honors – and shared a shutout with redshirt freshman Nick DeShong, who made his collegiate debut off the bench against VMI.
The Hawk backline of senior Eddie McCusker, redshirt junior Mike Fornaro, and sophomores David Grana and Daniel Morales have played a major part in their goalkeeper's success, as the unit has started all eight matches together and held opponents to just 1.25 goals per game.
After opening the season with overtime road losses to then-#19 New Hampshire, 1-0, and St. John's, 2-1, Fairfield bounced back with a pair of road wins over Yale, 2-1, and then-#9 UNCW, 2-1. The Stags then dropped a 3-2 overtime heartbreaker to Charleston before taking a 2-1 overtime result against Army West Point.
All three losses the Stags have suffered have come away from home and in overtime, while all three of Fairfield's wins have come via 2-1 scorelines.
Diego Casielles is Fairfield's leading scorer; his four goals and eight points both lead the way for the Stags. Jack Weiss is the only other Stag with multiple goals, as he has tallied twice to go along with an assist for a season total of five points.
Gordon Botterill has played every minute between the sticks for the Stags, posting a 1.47 GAA while stopping over 75% of shots on target.
Saturday's match will mark just the second all-time meeting between Saint Joseph's and Fairfield; the teams drew, 2-2, on September 21, 1989.