PHILADELPHIA - Princeton scored three goals in the first 31 minutes en route to a 6-3 victory over the Saint Joseph's men's soccer squad on Sweeney Field on Tuesday evening. With the loss, the Hawks (4-6-0) wrap up their five-match homestand while the Tigers improve to 5-2.
How It Happened:
• Princeton's Walker Gillespie scored twice (16', 31') with a Ryan Clare goal sandwiched in between (24') to go up 3-0 at the half.
• Saint Joseph's senior midfielder Daryus Lake scored for the second consecutive match to put the Hawks on the board in the 53rd minute; a Princeton defender deflected the ball into the right goal post, and the ball ricocheted right back to Lake for the bang-bang play.
• Princeton's Truman Gelnovatch scored twice in just over three minutes (55', 58') to put the Tigers back up by four.
• Senior midfielder Dontrim Namani headed home his first collegiate goal (68') on freshman midfielder James Fletcher's first collegiate assist (and point); Fletcher came up the right wing and found Namani on the back post.
• Princeton responded just over three minutes later (71') as Ryan Clare dished out his third assist of the evening.
• Off a set piece, senior forward Jarod Ramses found junior midfielder Aidan Watkins, who got the ball back to open junior defender Daniel Morales; Morales fired off a rocket from 25 yards out for SJU's third and final goal of the night.
Behind the Stats:
• Princeton took 14 shots on the night for a remarkable 43% shooting percentage.
• Sophomore forward Frantz Pierrot made his first collegiate start in place of senior forward Leon Maric, who was unavailable for the match.
• Senior centerback Mike Fornaro earned his first start of the season.
• Saint Joseph's utilized a season-high 13 reserves; Namani (40) and Lake (37) played season-high minutes off the bench in their scoring performances as did freshman midfielder Chris Hunt (40) and freshman forward Ryan Hay (22). Senior forward John Fritz and sophomore defender Jack Hirschfield made their season debuts while sophomore goalkeeper Kyle Allan, sophomore midfielder Chris Ogden, and freshman forward Ben Delaney made their collegiate debuts off the bench.
"We came out and actually started pretty well," said head coach Don D'Ambra following the match. "We had good momentum and were on top of them for about 15 minutes. They ended up making a nice play that broke us down and the second goal was kind of a back-breaker. Our guys just lost confidence and discipline and the game just got away from us. I was happy to see some of the guys come off the bench and make an impact. Our guys didn't show any quit, especially in the second half . . . We need to get back to defending properly, the way we know how."
Saint Joseph's hits the road for the first time since September 14 to take on city-rival La Salle in Atlantic 10 and Philadelphia Soccer Six action this Saturday, October 5. Kickoff is set for 7:00 p.m. at McCarthy Stadium.