PHILADELPHIA – The Saint Joseph's men's soccer squad (1-1-1) returns home to host Manhattan (2-1-0) this Wednesday, September 6. Kickoff is slated for 7:00 p.m. on Sweeney Field.

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Wednesday’s match will mark the eighth all-time meeting between Saint Joseph’s and Manhattan. The Hawks own a 3-2-2 all-time series advantage with matches played from 1997-2001 as well as 2003 and 2006.

Saint Joseph's senior midfielder Matt Crawford has scored all four of SJU's goals this year, with a hat trick in SJU's 3-1 win over Temple and a PK score in SJU's 1-1 draw with Hartford. Senior goalkeeper Greg O'Connell (1-1-0) sports a 0.72 goals against average and .875 save percentage in 124:36 while senior defender Ben Zambetti, junior defender Eddie McCusker, freshman defender Daniel Morales, and freshman midfielder Aidan Watkins have played all 290 minutes on the season at this point.

Manhattan is 2-1 after a 1-0 win over Navy in the season opener, a 3-1 loss at Fairleigh Dickinson, and a 1-0 win over Sacred Heart last Thursday. Lucas Da Silva has a goal and assist while Troy Carrington and Brandon Joseph-Buadi have also scored. Connor Hayes (1-1-0) owns a 1.33 goals against average and .700 save percentage in 202:57 as well as the win over Navy; Marcellin Gohier got the start in net vs. Sacred Heart but was tagged with a red card in the 68th minute.

The Jaspers were predicted to finish ninth in the MAAC Preseason Poll and finished 2-12-3 overall, including 0-8-1 in road matches, and 2-6-2 in the MAAC last season.

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 Crawford, Zambetti, and McCusker. For the complete 2017 season preview, please click here.

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