Saint Peter's (2-8-2, 1-3) vs. Niagara (2-8-1, 1-3)
Date: Wed., Oct. 12, 2016
Time: 3 p.m.
Location: Jaroschak Field, Jersey City, NJ
Saint Peter's (2-8-2, 1-3) vs. Siena (4-6-2, 2-1)
Date: Sat., Oct. 15, 2016
Time: 2 p.m.
Location: Siena Turf Field, Loudonville, NY
Next on Tap
Saint Peter's will host Niagara on Wednesday evening and then will hit the road to face Siena on Saturday.
Last Time We Met the Purple Eagles
The Peacocks defeated the Purple Eagles in last season's meeting, 1-0, behind Louis Mobb's fifth goal of the year.
Niagara Scouting Report
Niagara enters Wednesday contest on a three-game losing streak in which the Purple Eagles have been outscored 4-0 over the stretch. Niagara has been held scoreless eight times this season and has scored seven total goals on the year, which ranks second to last in the conference.
Last Time We Met the Saints
The Peacocks and Saints played to a 1-1 draw to close out the regular season in 2015.
Siena Scouting Report
Siena recently loss to Rider, 2-1, snapping a three-game winning streak that included wins over Fairfield and Niagara. The Saints are one of the top offensive teams in the league, ranking in the top five in all offensive categories.
Last Time Out
Saint Peter's loss their last two contest, falling 2-0 to Fairfield on Wednesday and 2-1 to Manhattan on Saturday, giving the Jaspers their first victory of the season.
The Peacocks will travel to Western New York on Wednesday to take on Canisius (Oct. 19) on ESPN3 and then the team returns home to face Marist on Saturday (Oct. 22).
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.
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.