Saint Peter's (1-2-1) at La Salle (0-4)
Date: Wed, Sep. 13, 2017
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: McCarthy Stadium, Philadelphia, PA
Next on Tap
Saint Peter's men's soccer will close out its non-conference road schedule on Wednesday night, September 13 at La Salle University. Kick-off is scheduled for 7pm.
Series History with La Salle
The Peacocks and Explorers will be clashing for the 16th time in history, dating back to 1983 when La Salle was a full member of the MAAC along with Saint Peter's. The Peacocks trail the Explorers 4-11 all-time and have dropped the last three games to the Explorers. Despite the margin that the Peacocks trail the Explorers, the previous seven matches in a row and 11 out of the 15 total meetings have all been decided by one goal with two games ending in overtime.
Last Time We met the Explorers
The two teams met last season in Jersey City, with the Peacocks falling in an overtime heartbreaker to the Explorers by the score of 4-3. The contest was the second of what would end up being five straight overtime games for the Peacocks. All seven goals in the game were scored in the second half and overtime. Finding the back of the net for the Peacocks in the defeat were Brandon Goncalves (2) and Chris Rodriguez.
La Salle Scouting Report
La Salle will be the second consecutive winless opponent for the Peacocks, as the Explorers enter the game with an 0-4 record on the season. La Salle most recently fell 2-1 to Peacock rival, Rider on Saturday. The Explorers also have a 5-4 overtime blemish to Loyola Maryland, a team that the Peacocks defeated in a preseason scrimmage during the summer. Matt Robinson is La Salle's point leader with six points on two goals and two assists.
Last Time Out
The Peacocks suffered a devastating 2-1 double overtime defeat at the hands of the Sacred Heart Pioneers. The Peacocks lone goal came from Gabrielle Bandelli in the first half. The Peacocks kept the Pioneers off of the board until the 87' which sent the game into OT, before Sacred Heart scored the golden goal in the 104' of double overtime.
The Peacocks return home to close out the non-conference slate on Tuesday, September 19 when the team host Bucknell at 4pm.
The freshmen duo of forward Jordan Jowers and goalkeeper Robbie Anderson are both having phenomenal rookie seasons so far. Jowers is the team leader in goals (3) and points (6) and Anderson has started in goal every game. Jowers is in first place in the MAAC in goals per game, and he ranks second in goals, leading all conference freshman in the categories. Anderson is among the MAAC leaders 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.