PHILADELPHIA – The Saint Joseph's men's soccer squad returns to Hawk Hill to begin a five-match home stretch beginning this Tuesday, September 17 against William and Mary. The Hawks will also host Duquesne (Sept. 21), Lafayette (Sept. 24), VCU (Sept. 28), and Princeton (Oct. 1), with all matches set for a 7:00 p.m. start.
Live streaming ($) of all five matches will be available in the United States via a subscription to ESPN+. To sign up, please click here. For international streaming, please click here. Live stats will also be provided for all home games, at SJUHawks.com.
Saturday's match will mark Saint Joseph's 2019 A-10 opener. The Hawks were predicted to finish eighth in the A-10's preseason poll. For the third consecutive year, the eight-team A-10 Championship will see the opening rounds played on the campus of the higher seeds. With matches set for November 9 and 10, the four advancing teams will battle for the A-10 postseason title at Fordham University's Jack Coffey Field in the Bronx, N.Y. on November 15 (semifinals) and November 17 (title game). The A-10 tournament champion will earn the A-10’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
In conjunction with the Saint Joseph's Alumni Association, the Saint Joseph's men's soccer program will host its Alumni Night on Saturday evening. Food and drinks will be provided for all SJU soccer alumni. To register, visit alumni.sju.edu/msocalumni. For more information, please contact Christina Henderson at 610-660-3280 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ABOUT SAINT JOSEPH'S (2-3-0)
• After opening the season with back-to-back losses against Saint Peters, 2-1, and Fairfield, 1-0 OT, the Hawks have won two of their last three with clean sheets over LIU, 1-0, and Stony Brook, 3-0, and, most recently, a 1-0 road loss at Marist on Saturday.
• Junior midfielder Ritchie Barry leads the Hawks in scoring (2g, 1a) while senior forward Leon Maric, junior midfielder Alvin Dahn, and sophomore midfielder Garrett Lyons own 1g, 1a apiece. Sophomore goalkeeper Joseph Boehm (2-3-0) has made 32 saves vs. four goals allowed in all 452:14.
• Saint Joseph's is coming off of an 8-7-3 season (2-3-3 A-10) and returns 17 letterwinners, including nine starters from a season ago in 2019 Atlantic 10 Preseason All-Conference picks Barry and Maric, midfielders Dahn, Lyons, and junior Aidan Watkins, defenders Mike Fornaro, David Grana, and Daniel Morales, and Boehm. Fornaro and Watkins will captain the Hawks this fall.
ABOUT WILLIAM AND MARY (0-2-2)
• The Tribe are looking for their first win of the 2019 season after opening the season with back-to-back losses to High Point, 2-1, and Villanova, 1-0, and back-to-back draws with N.C. State, 1-1, and UNCW, 1-1.
• Alexander Levengood has scored twice while Cole Smith scored in the draw vs. UNCW. Julian Ngoh has dished out a pair of assists on W&M's three total goals on the season.
• W&M was predicted to finish fourth in the Colonial Athletic Association's preseason poll.
• The Tribe went 6-10-2 overall and 3-3-2 in CAA play last fall, reaching the CAA semifinals.
• The all-time series sits at 2-0-0 in favor of the Tribe; the Hawks fell on the road in 2005, 8-0, and last fall, 2-0.
ABOUT DUQUESNE (4-0-1)
• After drawing with Bowling Green in the season opener, 1-1, the Dukes went on to win four straight, over Oakland, 1-0, VMI, 1-0, Niagara, 2-1, and California Baptist, 2-1, with all five contests being played at home. Duquesne will face Robert Morris on the road on Wednesday before coming to Hawk Hill for Saturday's contest.
• Zach Hall (2g, 1a) and Nate Dragisich (1g, 2a) lead the Dukes in scoring while Robbie McKelvey (4-0-1) has allowed just three goals vs. 26 saves made in all 470:00.
• Duquesne was picked to finish 10th in the A-10's preseason poll.
• The Dukes went 4-9-3 overall and 2-4-2 in A-10 play last fall and did not reach the conference postseason.
• The all-time series sits at 13-6-1 in favor of Duquesne, but the Hawks and Dukes drew, 2-2, on the road last fall where then-sophomore midfielder Ritchie Barry (12') and then-freshman forward Frantz Pierrot (36') scored early and then-freshman goalkeeper Joseph Boehm made his career-high 13 saves.