Saint Peter's (1-1-1) at Sacred Heart (0-4)
Date: Sat, Sep. 9, 2017
Time: 2 p.m.
Location: Park Avenue Field, Fairfield, CT
Next on Tap
Saint Peter's men's soccer will head on the road for the next two games beginning with the Peacocks traveling to Fairfield, CT to take on the Sacred Heart Pioneers on Saturday, September 9 at 2pm.
Series History with Sacred Heart
The Peacocks and Pioneers will be meeting for the 14th time in history since 1970 and the teams are meeting for the fifth straight season since 2011. The Peacocks trail the Pioneers 6-7 all-time. Saint Peter's has won the last two games against Sacred Heart, winning both matches by one goal.
Last Time We met Sacred Heart
In 2016, the Peacocks defeated Sacred Heart, 3-2, behind Ezequiel Cei's overtime game-winning goal. The win was the first of the season for the Peacock last year. Rodrigo DaSilva and Michael Crentsil each scored goals in regulation for Saint Peter's in the win.
Pioneers Scouting Report
Sacred Heart enters the game winless, having loss all four games of the season. The Pioneers have been shutout in all four contest, and have losses to MAAC member Manhattan (1-0) and most recently were defeated by Seton Hall (3-0), which the Peacocks played to a 1-1 draw in the season opener.
Last Time Out
The Peacocks and Seton Hall played to a 1-1 draw in the season openers for both programs. Freshman, Jordan Jowers scored the Peacocks lone goal in the 38' to give the Peacocks a 1-0 lead early in the contest.
The Peacocks close out the two-game road slate on Wednesday, September 13 at La Salle at 7pm. The Peacocks then return home to close out the non-conference slate on Tuesday, September 19 when the team host Bucknell.
The freshmen duo of forward Jordan Jowers and goalkeeper Robbie Anderson are both having phenomenal seasons so far. Jowers is the team leader in goals (3) and points (6) and Anderson has started in goal every game. Jowers is tied for first place in the MAAC in goals and goals per game, and he ranks second in points and points per game, leading all conference freshman in all the categories. Anderson ranks in the top five of the MAAC in saves, saves per game, save percentage, and goals against average.
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, Steve 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.