Men's Soccer Start Two-Game Road Trip at St. John's

Men's Soccer Start Two-Game Road Trip at St. John's


Saint Peter's (0-1-0) vs. St. John's (0-0-1)
Date: Wed, Aug. 31, 2016

Time: 8 p.m.

Location: Belson Stadium, Queens, NY

Network: ESPN3

Link: Will add at later time


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Saint Peter's will take on St. John's University of the Big East. The Red Storm will be the second Big East meeting in a row for the Peacocks after opening up the season against Seton Hall. The Peacocks and the Red Storm will meet for the 12th time in history with Saint Peter's holding a 6-2-3 advantage in the all-time matchup with the Big East foe.

Last Time We Met

The two teams have not faced each other in 30 years, last meeting in 1986 when Saint Peter's defeated St. John's 3-1 in Jersey City.

St. John's Scouting Report

The Red Storm enter Wednesday's meeting with a 0-0-1 record after playing 110 minutes of scoreless action to a 0-0 draw with Drexel in its season opener. St. John's finished the 2015 season with a 2-5-2 conference mark and 4-11-3 overall record. The Red Storm was picked to finish tied for seventh with Marquette in the Big East polls, a couple of spots ahead of Seton Hall (10th) which defeated the Peacocks on Friday. St. John's are led by 2015 unanimous BIG EAST All-Rookie selection Mike Prosuk and Filippo Ricupati.

Last Time Out

Saint Peter's opened up the 2016 season with a 3-1 set back to Seton Hall on Friday, Aug 26 at Jaroschak Field. The Peacocks got its lone goal from senior forward Luke Fairlamb at the 34th minute serving as the equalizer in the match. The game came from an assists from Ezequiel Cei's corner kick. Seton Hall scored the final two goals in the contest en route to the win.

Up Next

Saint Peter's ends its two-game road trip in Massachusetts, where they will take on UMass on Saturday September 3 at 3 p.m. The Peacocks return home on Wednesday, September 7 for a 3 p.m. meeting with La Salle, then head back on the road to take on Sacred Heart in Connecticut at 3 p.m. on September 14.  

Looking Back at 2015

Saint Peter's ended the 2015 season with a 7-9-2 record overall and a 4-5-1 record in the MAAC. The seven wins were the most by the program under Richens, and best season by the team since 2010 when the Peacocks won 13 games and claimed a MAAC title.

Looking Forward to 2016

The Peacocks return 25 players from a year ago, with 19 of the returners having started in at least one game last season. Of the 25 returners, they accounted for 23 of the 24 goals scored in 2015 and bring back starting goalkeeper Jamie Cleland, who played every minute in goal last season for the Peacocks. Saint Peter's only loses two players from a year ago and add junior defenseman, Justin Bergman to the lineup. 

Preseason Poll

The Saint Peter's Men's Soccer team was picked 10th in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Coaches Preseason Poll. Monmouth, the defending MAAC regular season champion, was selected as the preseason favorite with 120 points, followed by defending MAAC champion, Rider (103). Iona (94), Fairfield (86), and Siena (76) rounded out the Top-5 teams in the poll while Marist (57), Quinnipiac (51), Canisius (47), Manhattan (45), Saint Peter's (33) and Niagara (14) rounded out the poll.

About the Coach

Julian Richens enters his sixth season in 2016 as the Head Men's Soccer Coach of the Peacocks. Richens is coming off of a team-best seven wins with him at the helm in 2015, while the Peacocks advanced to the MAAC Tournament. Richens has coached one All-Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) first-team selection, five All-MAAC second-team honorees and one All-Rookie team selection in his tenure at Saint Peter's.