DAVIDSON, N.C. – Senior midfielder Kyle Lochbihler scored his first collegiate goal and redshirt freshman goalkeeper Nick DeShong registered his first collegiate save in the Saint Joseph's men's soccer squad's 6-2 setback at Davidson in Atlantic 10 action at Alumni Stadium on Wednesday evening. The loss snaps a five-match unbeaten streak for the Hawks (7-4-2, 1-1-2 A-10), while the Wildcats improve to 7-4-0 (3-0-0 A-10).
Davidson scored four times in the first 23 minutes of action, led by Lucas Hauth's brace, and held Saint Joseph's off the scoreboard until 57 seconds before the halftime break to cruise to the 6-2 win. Hauth headed in a cross inside the far post for the Wildcats' first goal (13') before Ned Morrissett scored on a through ball (14') just 1:21 later. Hauth then found the ball loose in the box and went top shelf (15') before Jordan Hill headed in Davidson's fourth goal, off a corner (23').
On his first collegiate goal, Lochbihler took a pass from freshman midfielder Garrett Lyons and hit the top-right corner in the 45th minute, sending SJU into the halftime break down three, 4-1.
With his seventh goal of the year, junior forward Leon Maric headed in a centering pass from sophomore midfielder Alvin Dahn to close the deficit to two, 4-2, in the 59th minute, but Davidson's Jackson Bracy responded with a header for the Wildcats' sixth and final goal in the 71st minute.
Freshman goalkeeper Joseph Boehm (7-4-2, 1-1-2 A-10) made three saves vs. five goals allowed in the first 67:25 before DeShong came in for the final 22:35, a single-match, collegiate-best in minutes played for the young keeper, conceding Davidson's sixth and final goal of the match before making his first career save in the 74th minute.
Davidson fired off 20 shots (11 SOG) compared to Saint Joseph's 10 (four SOG), while each squad earned five corners apiece. Lochbihler led the way with a team-high three shots, including a team-high two shots on goal (34', 45'), while sophomore midfielder Ritchie Barry (57') and Maric (59') also landed shots on frame.
A trio of rookie defenders in true freshmen Johnny Cunningham and James McCombs and redshirt freshman Jack Hirschfield earned considerable experience with extended minutes; Cunningham and McCombs earned 41 apiece in nearly half a match's worth of action.