PHILADELPHIA – Freshman midfielder Ritchie Barry scored the first two goals of his collegiate career, but the Saint Joseph's men's soccer squad (3-8-4) dropped an Atlantic 10 match-up at La Salle (6-8-1) by a final score of 4-2 at McCarthy Stadium on Wednesday evening. With the loss, the Hawks drop to 1-3-1 in league play while the Explorers improve to 2-5.
With four league points, the Hawks now sit 10th in the A-10 standings.
La Salle jumped out to a two-goal lead early in the second half (7', 19') before Barry got the Hawks on the scoreboard at the 26:11 mark. Freshman defender Daniel Morales raced down a ball down the right flank and played it into the box. Barry gained possession and beat La Salle's goalkeeper at the near post for the rookie's first collegiate goal.
The Explorers would tack on a third goal on an own goal to own a 3-1 advantage entering the halftime break.
Barry would once again put the Hawks to within one goal with a strike off of a free kick in the 74th minute.
However, the second of two SJU yellowcards, given in the 81st minute, would result in a red card and man-down position for the Crimson and Gray for the final 9:49. La Salle took full advantage of its man-up opportunity and added a fourth goal for insurance in the 88th minute.
For the match, SJU held a slight 11-10 edge in shots, while both squads landed five shots on goal apiece. Barry led the Hawks with four shots, all on goal (27', 60', 66' 74'). Freshman midfielder Alvin Dahn landed SJU's other shot on goal late in the first half, in the 42nd minute of play.
Saint Joseph's returns home to host VCU (7-4, 4-1) this Saturday, October 21. Kickoff is slated for 7:00 p.m. on Sweeney Field. The Rams currently sit in a three-way tie for second place (12 points) with Dayton and George Washington in A-10 standings.
Prior to the start of Saturday's match, the Saint Joseph's men's soccer program will hold a brief memorial in honor of former Hawk coach Jack Ruggero ’69. At halftime, Tim Mulqueen ’87 (Fords, N.J./St. Joseph’s High School) will be enshrined in the Saint Joseph’s University Men’s Soccer Hall of Fame. For more information and to RSVP, visit alumni.sju.edu/msoccer or contact Christina Henderson at 610-660-3280 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photos from today's match available for sale now at: sjuhawksphotos.photoshelter.com.
MATCH NOTES: Senior defender Tom Santilli played a season-high 46 minutes off the bench in his first match back since September 2... With two shots in Wednesday's loss, senior midfielder Matt Crawford has now fired off 137 shots in his career, which ranks eighth in SJU's program history.