Men's Soccer Begins Two-Game Home Stand with Saturday Meeting against Rider

Men's Soccer Begins Two-Game Home Stand with Saturday Meeting against Rider

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GAME 8
Saint Peter's (1-4-2, 0-1) vs. Rider (6-2, 1-0)
Date: Sat, Sep. 30, 2017
Time: 2 p.m.

Location: Joseph J. Jaroschak Field, Jersey City, NJ

Next on Tap
The Peacocks return home for the MAAC home-opener against hOURglass Rival Rider on Saturday, September 30 at 2pm.  

hOURglass Rivalry
The Peacocks and Rider will be meeting for the 32nd time in the series history. The Peacocks trail the Broncs 12-18-1 all-time since first squaring off in 1964. The Peacocks and Rider have split the last five meetings, 2-2-1.

Last Time we met the Broncs
In last year's season finale in Lawrenceville, the Peacocks lost 5-3 to the Broncs. The Peacocks led the Broncs 3-2 with less than 10 minutes before squandering the lead and surrendering three goals in a three-minute span.

Rider Scouting Report
Rider currently has the best overall record in the MAAC at 6-2 and 1-0 in league play. Rider is coming off of a 3-1 victory over the third of the hOURglass rivalry, Monmouth on Wednesday. The Broncs also have wins over Seton Hall, which the Peacocks drew with, and Fairleigh Dickinson who was ranked No. 21 nationally.  

Last Time Out
The Peacocks opened the MAAC season on Wednesday night at Marist, where the Peacocks fell 3-0.

Up Next
The Peacocks will host Manhattan on Wednesday, October 4 at Jaroschak Field at 3pm.

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.

New Additions
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.