PHILADELPHIA – Last Saturday in the 2018 home opener on Sweeney Field, the Hawks exploded for a season-high four goals in their win over Quinnipiac. And tomorrow, they're back as the Saint Joseph's men's soccer squad (2-2-0) returns home to host Sacred Heart (1-1-1) this Saturday, September 8. Kickoff is slated for 7:00 p.m. on Sweeney Field.
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The Hawks opened the season with a 2-0 road loss at William and Mary before combining for seven goals over their next two matches, resulting in a 3-1 road win over Saint Peter's and a 4-2 home win over Quinnipiac. Saint Joseph's dropped its most recent contest at Stony Brook, 2-1, on Wednesday; junior forward Leon Maric netted his second goal of the season early in the first half and freshman goalkeeper Joseph Boehm made seven saves, but the Seawolves scored in the 87th minute for the heartbreaking loss.
Sophomore midfielder Alvin Dahn, who has factored into SJU's last four scoring plays, leads the Hawk offense with six points on two goals and two assists while Maric is the only other Hawk with multiple goals (2). Sophomore midfielder Ritchie Barry has added a pair of helpers while the back line has been consistent with Boehm (1.75 GAA, .696 save percentage) and defenders Eddie McCusker, Mike Fornaro, David Grana, and Daniel Morales, a unit that has allowed an average of just 1.75 goals per outing over the first four matches.
After starting the season with a 1-0 loss at NJIT and a 1-1 home draw with UMass, the Pioneers earned their first win of the season with a 2-1 home victory over Manhattan on Monday; Segundo Navarro (37') and Renan Rapso (40') scored within minutes of each other late in the first half to lead SHU to the win. Alejandro Arribas is the only other Pioneer to have scored on the season while goalkeeper Robert Strain (1-1-1) sports a 1.32 goals against average and .750 save percentage on three goals allowed vs. nine saves in the full 204:00.
The Pioneers, selected to finish ninth in the Northeast Conference (in a field of nine teams), went 3-14-1 overall (0-6-1 NEC) last fall.
Saturday's match will mark just the second all-time meeting between Saint Joseph’s and Sacred Heart. The Hawks and Pioneers met in SJU's sixth match of the season last fall, where SHU took home the 2-1, overtime victory in Fairfield, Conn. Then-rookie midfielder Aidan Watkins scored his first collegiate goal in the 28th minute, but Sacred Heart scored the late equalizer (89') and match-winner (94').
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