PHILADELPHIA – Coming off of a dominating 3-1, season-opening, home win over Temple on Friday evening, the Saint Joseph's men's soccer squad (1-0-0) will host Hartford (0-1-0) this Tuesday, August 29. Kickoff is slated for 7:00 p.m. on Sweeney Field.
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Under the direction of eighth-year head coach Don D'Ambra, Saint Joseph’s returns 14 Hawks and adds 11 first-year players for the 2017 season. The Hawks are 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.
Tuesday’s match will mark the third all-time meeting between Saint Joseph’s and Hartford. The all-time series is tied, 1-1-0, but the Hawks are 1-0-0 under the direction of head coach Don D’Ambra after downing Hartford, 1-0, on September 13 of last season; Crawford created a turnover just outside of the box on SJU’s offensive end that would lead to the match-winning score. The initial meeting between the two squads resulted in a 2-0 Hartford win on October 5, 1985.
Atlantic 10 Co-Offensive Player of the Week and Philadelphia Soccer Six Offensive Player of the Week Crawford scored all three of SJU's goals in the Hawks' 3-1 win over Temple on Friday, while senior goalkeeper and Philadelphia Soccer Six Defensive Player of the Week Trevor Nicol held the Owls scoreless in the final 55:24, making two saves in his collegiate debut.
Hartford is 0-1-0 after falling to Holy Cross, 2-1, on Friday evening. Gael Kisombe scored on a 25-yard strike off of a feed from Alexis Triadis in the 48th minute. Hartford was predicted to finish fifth in the America East Conference Preseason Coaches' Poll. The (Hartford) Hawks went 9-10-3 (2-3-2 AEC) and reached the AEC title match last fall.