PHILADELPHIA – The Saint Joseph's men's soccer squad (2-5-3, 0-0-0 A-10) will open 2017 Atlantic 10 conference action at Dayton (4-5-2, 1-0-0 A-10) this Wednesday, October 4. Kickoff at Baujan Field in Dayton Ohio, the site of the 2017 A-10 Championship, is slated for 7:00 p.m. Dayton, who defeated Davidson on Saturday, was predicted to finish fourth in the A-10 Preseason Poll while the Hawks were tabbed 12th.
Wednesday’s match will mark the 18th all-time meeting between Saint Joseph’s and Dayton. The Flyers own a 15-1-1 all-time series advantage, with SJU’s win coming in the form of a 2-0 victory in the inaugural meeting on September 16, 1995.
The Hawks are coming in off of a 1-1 draw with Central Connecticut on Saturday evening, a result that snapped a four-match losing streak for the Crimson and Gray. Junior forward Derek MacKinnon netted the equalizer in the 89th minute and senior goalkeeper Greg O'Connell made six saves.
On the season, O'Connell (2-5-2, 0-0-0 A-10) sports a 1.35 goals against average and .803 save percentage in 801:08 while senior midfielder Matt Crawford owns five of SJU's eight goals; MacKinnon, freshman midfielder Aidan Watkins, and sophomore midfielder Matt Mullock have each scored once. Senior defender Eddie McCusker has played all 966 minutes on the back line, while freshman defender Daniel Morales (950), Crawford (904) and freshman midfielder Ritchie Barry (898) have also logged high minutes in the non-conference season and are the only four Hawks to have started every non-conference match.
Dayton opened the season with a draw vs. East Tennessee State (1-1), a loss to Fort Wayne (2-1), a win over Western Illinois (4-1), and a draw vs. Belmont (0-0) and earned its second win over Central Arkansas (2-1). From there, the Flyers dropped three in a row to Liberty (1-0), Northern Kentucky (1-0), and Western Michigain (1-0) before winning two of their last three with a victory over Oakland (6-2), a loss to West Virginia (1-0), and an A-10 win over Davidson (2-1) on Saturday.
For the season, Thor Kelgason (5g, 1a), Alvaro Navarro (2g, 4a), and Rok Taneski (2g, 4a) lead the Flyers in scoring while Federico Barrios (4-5-2, 1-0-0 A-10) sports a 1.05 goals against average and .765 save percentage in all 1030:00. Taneski scored in the fifth minute and Helgason netted the match-winner against Davidson.
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