BRONX, N.Y. - The Hawks scored twice in the first half and sophomore goalkeeper Joseph Boehm made a pair of saves in the final 73 seconds as the Saint Joseph's men's soccer squad picked up its first win since September 24 with a 2-1 road victory over Fordham at Jack Coffey Field on Saturday evening. With their first Atlantic 10 win of the season, the Hawks earn three big conference points and improve to 5-9-1 (1-4-0 A-10) while the Rams fall to 4-9-1 (3-2-0 A-10).
How It Happened
• Junior defender David Grana collected a rebound in front of the net and fired in the Hawks' first goal of the night in just the fifth minute of play; senior forward Leon Maric earned the assist.
• Junior midfielder Alvin Dahn scored on a breakaway in the 37th minute, again assisted by Maric.
• Fordham's Jacob Bohm scored on a set piece in the 62nd minute to pull the Rams to within one.
• Luca Fava headed a shot on goal at the 88:47 mark, but Boehm (5-9-1, 1-4-0 A-10) came up with his third save of the night.
• At the 89:52 mark, with just eight seconds remaining in regulation, Filippo Ricupati had the last-chance effort for the Rams, but Boehm made the stop to clinch the victory for the Crimson and Gray.
Behind the Stats
• Fordham outshot Saint Joseph's 20-7, with a 6-3 edge in shots on goal, but the Hawks hit the back of the net on 66.6 percent of their SOG for the difference.
• The Rams also owned 11 of the matches 12 corner kicks.
• Maric has now played a part in SJU's last three goals against Fordham; he assisted twice on Saturday evening and scored the overtime match-winner last season.
"I'm so proud of the way these guys worked," beamed sophomore goalkeeper Joseph Boehm following the win. "They left everything out on the field. The defensive work rate was sensational, and we were able to capitalize on our chances. They worked their tails off blocking the hard opportunities, and I just had to make sure I could repay them and do my best on the ones that got through. This win is electrifying and was great for all of our confidence as we move into our next A-10 game. I'm so proud of these guys!"
"I am very proud of the team's performance tonight," added head coach Don D'Ambra. "Fordham is a talented team. However, I felt we frustrated them defensively and executed two great counter-attack opportunities. It was great to see Leon [Maric] and Alvin [Dahn] execute in the offensive end, and the entire team defense and togetherness was very impressive."
Saint Joseph's remains on the road to face George Washington (2-3-0 A-10) in A-10 play in Washington, D.C. this Wednesday, October 23 at 2:00 p.m.
Remaining A-10 opponents include George Washington (2-3-0 A-10, 6 points), Dayton (2-2-0 A-10, 6 points), and UMass (1-4-0 A-10, 3 points); following Saturday night's competitions, the Hawks sit in a four-way tie for 10th.