PHILADELPHIA – The Saint Joseph's men's soccer squad will open the 2017 season at home vs. Temple (0-0) this Friday, August 25. Kickoff is slated for 7:30 p.m. on Sweeney Field.
Live streaming ($) of all nine regular-season home matches will be available via a subscription to the Atlantic 10 Network. To sign up, please click here. Live stats will also be provided via SJUHawks.com.
Under the direction of eighth-year head coach Don D'Ambra, Saint Joseph’s returns 14 Hawks, including six potential starters, and adds 11 first-year players for the 2017 season. The Hawks will be captained by 2016 Atlantic 10 All-Conference Second Team selection and senior midfielder Matt Crawford, senior defender Ben Zambetti, and junior defender Eddie McCusker. For the complete 2017 season preview, please click here.
Friday’s match will mark the 60th all-time meeting between Saint Joseph’s and Temple. The Owls own a 38-14-7 all-time series advantage, and the Hawks are 1-3 over the last seven seasons under D'Ambra's direction. SJU’s last win over Temple came in the form of a 1-0 home victory on September 14, 2013. The Hawks are 2-4-1 in season-opening matches under D'Ambra.
Temple was predicted to finish sixth in the American Athletic Conference Preseason Coaches' Poll, while forward Joonas Jokinen was named to the Preseason All-Conference Team. The Owls went 10-6-2 (2-3-2 AAC) last fall.