PHILADELPHIA – Sitting fifth in the Atlantic 10 standings, the Saint Joseph's men's soccer squad (7-3-2, 1-0-2 A-10) treks away from Hawk Hill for its next two league contests, first facing Davidson (6-4-0, 2-0-0 A-10) this Wednesday, October 10. Kickoff at Alumni Stadium in Davidson, N.C. is set for 7:00 p.m.
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The Hawks will enter Wednesday's meeting on a five-match unbeaten streak, dating back to September 19, with non-conference shutout wins over VMI, 5-0, and Fairfield, 2-0, A-10 draws with Duquesne, 2-2, and La Salle, 2-2, and, most recently, a 3-2 overtime win over then-#21 Fordham on Saturday; junior forward Leon Maric scored the match-winning goal in the 98th minute while Philadelphia Soccer Six Defender of the Week Mike Fornaro equalized with his first collegiate goal in the first half and Philadelphia Soccer Six Player of the Week Derek MacKinnon scored a go-ahead in the second.
Sophomore midfielder Alvin Dahn leads the team with 18 points on a team-high six goals and six assists while Maric (6g) and sophomore midfielder Ritchie Barry (4g, 3a) have also recorded double-digit points for the Crimson and Gray. MacKinnon (3g, 2a), freshman forward Frantz Pierrot (3g, 1a), and sophomore midfielder Alan Kahlenbeck (1g, 3a) have also been contributing factors on the offensive end.
Defensively, senior Eddie McCusker, redshirt junior Mike Fornaro, and sophomores David Grana and Daniel Morales have anchored SJU's back line as all four have started all 12 matches, holding the opposition to 1.33 goals per outting, with three clean sheets. Freshman goalkeeper Joseph Boehm (7-3-2, 1-0-2 A-10) sports a 1.30 goals against average and .754 saves percentage with 49 saves vs. just 16 goals allowed in 1107:21; Boehm made eight saves combined against La Salle and then-#21 Fordham last week.
After dropping three of their first five to open the season with a loss to High Point, 2-1, wins over UNC Greensboro, 1-0 OT, and Furman, 1-0, and losses to Campbell, 1-0, and then-#3 UNC 1-0, the Wildcats bounced back to win four of their next five, with wins over UNC Asheville, 3-1, and Winthrop, 2-1 OT, a 5-1 defeat to then-#1 Wake Forest, and back-to-back league wins over George Washington, 3-2 OT, and Dayton, 1-0 OT; rookie Henry Howell scored in the 101st minute to give Davidson its fourth OT win of the season against the Flyers on Saturday.
Jaylen Thompson (3g, 2a), Howell (3g, 1a), and Ned Morrissett (2g, 1a) lead the Wildcats in scoring while Sawyer Gaffney (6-4-0, 2-0-0 A-10) sports a 1.27 goals against average and .723 save percentage with 34 saves vs. just 13 goals allowed in all 923:06 of Davidson's season.
The Wildcats, predicted to finish eighth in the A-10 this fall (in a field of 13 teams), went 8-7-2 overall and 3-4-1 in conference play last year.
Wednesday's match will mark just the fourth all-time meeting between Saint Joseph's and Davidson, with the Wildcats owning a 3-0-0 advantage; after being shut out in 2014, 3-0, and 2015, 3-0, the Hawks scored their first goal in the history of the series in a 2-1 loss in the most recent meeting back on October 12, 2016; then-sophomore forward Isaac Agyapong scored for the Hawks.
UPCOMING ALUMNI NIGHT
In conjunction with Saint Joseph's Alumni Association, the Saint Joseph's men's soccer program will host its Alumni Night and Reception on Saturday, October 20. The Alumni Reception will begin at 6:15 p.m. as complimentary refreshments will be made available under the alumni tent, while the Hawks' match vs. St. Bonaventure will start at 7:00 p.m. To register, visit alumni.sju.edu/msocalumni. For more information, please contact Christina Henderson at 610-660-3280 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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