PHILADELPHIA – The Saint Joseph's men's soccer squad (3-8-4, 1-3-1 A-10) returns home to host VCU (7-4-0, 4-1-0 A-10) in a crucial Atlantic 10 match-up this Saturday, October 21. Kickoff is slated for 7:00 p.m. on Sweeney Field. The Hawks, predicted to finish 12th this season, sit 10th in league standings with four points while the Rams are in a three-way tie for second with 12 points. Of SJU's seven losses this year, only one has come at home, as the Hawks are 3-1-3 on Sweeney Field this fall.
Prior to the start of Saturday's match, the Saint Joseph's men's soccer program will hold a brief memorial in honor of former Hawk coach Jack Ruggero ’69. At halftime, Tim Mulqueen ’87 (Fords, N.J./St. Joseph’s High School) will be enshrined in the Saint Joseph’s University Men’s Soccer Hall of Fame. For more information and to RSVP, visit alumni.sju.edu/msoccer or contact Christina Henderson at 610-660-3280 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday’s match will mark the third all-time meeting between Saint Joseph’s and VCU. The all-time series is tied, 1-1-0. The Hawks fell, 2-0, at VCU last fall and earned a 1-0 win against then-#25/24 VCU on October 27, 2013.
The Hawks are coming in off of a 4-2 loss at La Salle on Wednesday evening, where freshman midfielder Ritchie Barry scored the first two goals of his collegiate career.
Senior midfielder Matt Crawford has scored six of SJU's 16 goals this season, while Barry and redshirt freshman defender Ben Cochran own two goals apiece. Senior goalkeeper Greg O'Connell (3-8-3, 1-3-1 A-10) owns a 1.54 goals against average and .774 save percentage in 1229:03. Junior defender Eddie McCusker (1,439 minutes), freshman defender Daniel Morales (1,423), Crawford (1,377) and Barry (1,344) are the only four Hawks to have started all 15 matches and lead SJU in minutes played.
VCU dropped three of its first four matches to open the season with losses to Oakland (3-2) and Appalachian State (3-2), a 3-2 win over St. Francis (Pa.), and a loss at Old Dominion (1-0) before winning five in a row over Coastal Carolina (1-0 OT), then-#15 UNC Wilmington (1-0 2OT), Davidson (4-1), Fordham (1-0), and Saint Louis (4-0). The Rams then dropped a 2-1 contest vs. George Washington before most recently defeating George Mason, 4-0, on the road on Wednesday.
Luc Fatton leads VCU with six goals while Rafael Andrade Santos (5g, 2a) and Frencesco Amorosino (5g, 1a) have also added to VCU's offense. Goalkeeper Mario Sequeira sports a .727 goals against average and .811 save percentage in 866:09.
VCU went 8-9-4 overall and 6-3-2 in the A-10 last fall. The Rams drew with Fordham, 0-0, in the 2016 A-10 championship match, where Fordham advanced to NCAAs on PKs.
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