PHILADELPHIA – The Saint Joseph's men's soccer squad allowed two late goals as the Hawks fell to George Washington, 3-1, on Sweeney Field on Saturday evening. With the loss, the Hawks fall to 3-10-4 (1-5-1 A-10) while the Colonials improve to 9-6-2 (6-2-0 A-10).
The loss knocks the Hawks out of Atlantic 10 postseason contention; SJU will close the season at Saint Louis next Wednesday, November 1.
"The score didn't indicate the competitiveness of tonight's match," said head coach Don D'Ambra. "It's been our season all year, where we're putting ourselves in a situation to wins games, but we're just not finding ways to win them. The guys knew that this was a must-win, and we didn't get it done."
George Washington got on the scoreboard in the 19th minute on a header from a corner kick before the match was leveled, 1-1, in the 52nd minute on an own goal. Freshman midfielder Alvin Dahn fired off a perfectly-placed pass into the center of the box and a sliding GW defender hit the back of the Colonials' net.
George Washington added two more goals in the 71st and 86th minutes.
For the match, Saint Joseph's owned a 14-11 edge in shots; senior midfielder Matt Crawford took a match-high six, landing one on goal, while Dahn took three shots and freshman midfielder Aidan Watkins landed both of his attempts on net. The Hawks had three consecutive good looks late in the match as freshman defender Daniel Morales fired off a shot (85:59) that was saved and came to Crawford, Crawford fired off a shot (86:03) that was saved and came back to Dahn, and Dahn rocketed one (86:05) just wide.
Both teams earned three corner kick opportunities for the match while three Hawks were charged with yellow cards.
Senior goalkeeper Greg O'Connell (3-10-3, 1-5-1 A-10) made four saves in the full 90:00.
Prior to the start of the match, Saint Joseph's honored its eight seniors - forward Isaac Agyapong, midfielder Matt Crawford, midfielder Nick Hartwell, defender Kevin Lockhart, goalkeeper Trevor Nicol, goalkeeper Greg O'Connell, defender Tom Santilli, and defender Ben Zambetti - in a Senior Day ceremony for their dedication to the program over their careers on Hawk Hill.
"I'm proud of our seniors for the year that they had and how they played tonight," added D'Ambra. "They really led the team with good leadership . . . They've given a lot to this program and I think they had great careers and really contributed."
The Hawks will close the season at Saint Louis (6-8-1, 3-4-0 A-10) this Wednesday, November 1. Kickoff at Hermann Stadium in St. Louis, Mo. is slated for 8:00 p.m. Eastern time.
MATCH NOTES: Senior defender Tom Santilli played 44 minutes off the bench to total 40+ minutes in two of the last three matches... Entering the match in the 40th minute, senior midfielder Nick Hartwell made his home debut... With six shot in Saturday's match, senior midfielder Matt Crawford has now fired off 144 shots in his career, which ranks sixth in SJU's program history... With four saves in Saturday's match, senior goalkeeper Greg O'Connell has now made 148 saves in his career, which ranks eighth in SJU's program history.