Saint Peter's (0-0-0) at Seton Hall (0-0-0)
Date: Fri, Aug. 25, 2017
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Owen T. Carroll Field, South Orange, NJ
Saint Peter's men's soccer is beginning its 58th season in 2017 and seventh year under the direction of head coach Julian Richens. The Peacocks are opening up their season against Seton Hall for the second straight year.
The Peacocks trail Seton Hall in the all-time matchup, 13-15-4. The two teams met in last season's opener in Jersey City, with the Peacocks falling to the Pirates 3-1. The last time the teams met in South Orange was in 2012, when the Peacocks edged the Pirates 3-1, ending Saint Peter's four-game slump to Seton Hall.
Seton Hall Scouting Report
The Pirates posted a 4-11-2 overall record and 2-6-1 Big East mark in 2016. The Pirates won both of its exhibitions this season, knocking off LIU Brooklyn, 4-2, and Bucknell, 3-0.
Saint Peter's will remain on the road, meeting Hartwick next on Friday, September 1 at 7p.m. The Peacocks have their home opener two days later on September 3 at 2p.m. against St. Francis Brooklyn before hitting the road again for the next two contest at Sacred Heart (September 9) and at La Salle (September 13).
Looking Back at 2016
Saint Peter's ended the 2016 season with a 3-13-2 record overall and a 2-8 record in the MAAC. The Peacocks finished the 2016 regular season atop of the conference in saves and saves per game. Goalkeeper, Jamie Cleland led the MAAC in saves and saves per game in his final season as a Peacock. Luke Fairlamb ended his career ranked in the league's top five in points, points per game, goals, goals per game, assists, and assists per game en route to spots on the All-MAAC First team and ECAC All-Star Frist team.
Looking Forward to 2017
The Peacocks return 13 players after losing 10 seniors from last season. Returning players who appeared and started in more than half of last season's games include Michael Crentsil, Davis Hocking, Gabrielle Bandelli, Rodrigo DaSilva, Ezequiel Cei, and Andrew Romero.
The Peacocks may have lost 10 seniors after last season, but Richens added nine new student-athletes to the squad for the 2017 season. Robbie Anderson, Tom Coulson, Jordan Jowers, Dominic Laws, Anton Moore, Steven Parry, Jonathan Sandoval, Abdoulaye Sarr, and Phillip Smith join the lineup.
About the Coach
Julian Richens enters his seventh season in 2017 as the Peacocks head coach. In 2016, Richens led the Peacocks to a 1-0 win over MAAC powerhouse rival and defending regular season champion, Monmouth. The win over Monmouth was the first in program history with Monmouth as a member of the MAAC. The Peacocks also led the MAAC in saves and saves per game in 2016. Richens led Saint Peter's to a team-best seven wins with him at the helm in 2015, while the Peacocks also advanced to the MAAC Tournament. Richens has coached two All-MAAC first-team selection, five All-MAAC second-team honorees and one All-Rookie team selection in his tenure at Saint Peter's.