PHILADELPHIA – The Saint Joseph's men's soccer squad remains on Hawk Hill to host Lafayette in non-conference action this Tuesday, September 24 and VCU in Atlantic 10 play this Saturday, September 28. Both matches are set to begin at 7:00 p.m.
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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.
Current A-10 standings:
T-1. Duquesne (1-0)
Rhode Island (1-0)
Saint Louis (1-0)
T-6. UMass (0-0)
George Mason (0-0)
T-9. La Salle (0-1)
Saint Joseph's (0-1)
George Washington (0-1)
St. Bonaventure (0-1)
ABOUT SAINT JOSEPH'S (3-4-0, 0-1-0 A-10)
• The Hawks are in the midst of a five-match homestand and defeated William and Mary, 4-1, last Tuesday before falling to Duquesne, 2-1, in the Atlantic 10 opener on Saturday. Junior defender Daniel Morales scored his first collegiate goal against the Dukes.
• A-10 Preseason All-Conference selections Leon Maric (3g, 1a) and Ritchie Barry (2g, 3a) lead the Hawks in scoring while sophomore goalkeeper Joseph Boehm (3-4-0, 0-1-0 A-10) sports a 1.00 goals against average and .851 save percentage in all 632:14.
• 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. Senior defender Mike Fornaro and junior midfielder Aidan Watkins captain the Hawks this fall.
ABOUT LAFAYETTE (5-1-1)
• The Leopards opened the season with four unbeaten performances against Siena, 4-0, Fairleigh Dickinson, 1-0, St. Francis Brooklyn, 0-0, and Monmouth, 5-2, before dropping a 3-0 contest at Temple on September 13. Since then, Lafayette defeated La Salle, 3-0, and opened Patriot League action with a 2-1 win over Boston University.
• Sebastian Varela (4g) and Ryan Goncalves (3g) lead the Leopards in scoring while Alex Sutton (5-1-1) owns a 0.83 goals against average and .824 save percentage in all 650:00.
• Lafayette ranks fifth nationally in shot accuracy, landing 43 shots on goal in 79 shot opportunities.
• The Leopards went 5-8-4 overall and 1-5-3 in PL play last fall and were predicted to finish 10th out of 10 teams in PL play this year.
• The all-time series sits at 3-2-0 in favor of the Hawks; the teams met twice in the 80s, twice in the 90s, and last in 2004.
ABOUT VCU (2-4-0, 1-0-0 A-10)
• VCU won its season opener over East Tennessee State, 1-0, before dropping four in a row to LIU, 1-0, NJIT, 1-0, UCF, 2-0, and Old Dominion, 3-1. The Rams then defeated St. Bonaventure, 2-0, to open A-10 play and will face Coastal Carolina on the road this Wednesday before heading to Hawk Hill on Saturday.
• Biska Biyombo (1g, 2a), Fiorre Mane (1g), Jared Greene (1g), and Maverick McGann (1g) have scored for the Rams while Mario Sequiera (2-4-0, 1-0-0 A-10) owns a 1.15 goals against average and .750 save percentage in at 545:58.
• With eight first-place votes, VCU was predicted to win the A-10 title this year, while defender Ulrik Edvardsen was tabbed to the Preseason All-Conference Team.
• The Rams went 10-6-2 overall and 6-1-1 in league play last fall, dropping a 1-0 decision to Rhode Island in the A-10 Tournament semis.
• The all-time series sits at 2-1-0 in favor of VCU; the Hawks upset the then-#24 Rams, 1-0, back in 2013 on a brilliant goal from Ryan McFadden before falling 2-0 in 2016 and 3-0 in 2017.