PHILADELPHIA – The Saint Joseph's men's soccer squad will remain home to host Drexel in non-conference action this Tuesday, October 15 before heading to Fordham's Jack Coffey Field to resume Atlantic 10 action on Saturday, October 19. Both matches are set for 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:
1. Saint Louis (5-0)
T-2. VCU (4-0)
Rhode Island (4-1)
T-4. Duquesne (3-1)
George Mason (3-1)
T-7. Dayton (2-2)
La Salle (2-3)
T-9. George Washington (1-3)
T-11. Saint Joseph's (0-4)
St. Bonaventure (0-5)
Prior to the start of Tuesday's match, Saint Joseph's will honor its six departing seniors - defender Mike Fornaro, forward John Fritz, forward Leon Maric, midfielder Matt Mullock, midfielder Dontrim Namani, and forward Jarod Ramses - for their dedication to the program. The Senior Night ceremony is set to begin at 6:50 p.m.
ABOUT SAINT JOSEPH'S (4-8-1, 0-4-0 A-10)
• The Hawks will look to get back in the win column after dropping four of their last five contests, most recently a 2-0 loss to Rhode Island on October 12.
• Atlantic 10 Preseason All-Conference selection Leon Maric (4g, 1a) and Garrett Lyons (3g, 3a) lead the Hawks in scoring while goalkeeper Joseph Boehm (4-8-1, 0-4-0 A-10) sports a 1.83 goals against average and .714 save percentage in 1,178:37, all but 19:14 on the season.
• Saint Joseph's is coming off of an 8-7-3 season (2-3-3 A-10) from 2018 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 DREXEL (4-5-2)
• Drexel enters Tuesday night's contest on a two-match unbeaten streak, with a 2-1 win at Elon on October 5 and a 1-1 draw vs. Hofstra on October 12.
• 2019 Preseason All-Colonial Athletic Association Team pick Chris Donovan (6g, 1a) leads the Dragons in scoring with 13 points, followed by Francisco Rodrigues da Palma (2g, 1a) and Yassine Elkahloun (1g, 2a). Cameron Sanders sports a 1.30 goals against average and .711 save percentage in 760:00, starting 8 of 11 matches.
• Drexel went 9-5-3 last year and 2-5-1 CAA.
• Tuesday's match will mark the 48th in the all-time series, and Drexel owns a 30-13-4 advantage; the Hawks are 0-1-2 under the direction of 10th-year head coach Don D'Ambra, dropping a 4-3 heartbreaker at Drexel last fall and turning in back-to-back, scoreless draws in 2014 and 2015.
ABOUT FORDHAM (4-8-1, 3-1-0 A-10)
• Fordham just wrapped up a four-match road stretch with a 1-0 win at UMass on Saturday; prior to that victory, the Rams had dropped three in a row at Stony Brook, 1-0, Rhode Island, 3-1, and Seton Hall, 3-1. Other A-10 results include a 2-1, double-overtime win over La Salle and a 1-0, double-overtime win over St. Bonaventure.
• Joergen Oland (4g), Filippo Ricupati (3g), and Bart Dziedzic (1g, 4a) lead the Rams in scoring while Konstantin Weis (4-8-1, 3-1-0 A-10) sports a 1.37 goals against average and .683 save percentage in all 1,248:43 minutes of play.
• The Rams were predicted to finish fifth in the Atlantic 10's 13-member field, according to the A-10's Preseason Coaches Poll. Oland was tagged to the Preseason All-Conference Team.
• Fordham went 8-5-4 (4-3-1 A-10) last fall and reached the A-10 quarterfinals.
• Saturday's match will mark the 21st all-time meeting between Saint Joseph's and Fordham, with the Rams owning a 12-6-2 series edge. SJU did defeat Fordham, 3-2, in overtime last fall on Sweeney Field to pull off the upset in front of the then-#21 team in the country; then-junior forward Leon Maric scored the overtime GWG in the 98th minute, then-junior centerback Mike Fornaro led a phenomenal defensive effort along with the first-half equalizer, and then-rookie goalkeeper Joseph Boehm made three saves in the full 97:08.