Men's Soccer Welcomes Manhattan to Jersey City on Wednesday

Men's Soccer Welcomes Manhattan to Jersey City on Wednesday

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Saint Peter's (1-5-2, 0-2) vs. Manhattan (5-4, 2-0)
Date: Wed, Oct. 4, 2017
Time: 3 p.m.

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

Next on Tap
The Peacocks will remain home to host Manhattan on Wednesday, October 4 at Jaroschak Field at 3pm.

History with the Jaspers
The Peacocks and Manhattan Jaspers will be meeting for the 42nd time since 1977. The Peacocks hold a dominating 29-11-1 all-time series lead over the Jaspers, but Manhattan has earned victories in the last two meetings, knocking the Peacocks off in 2016 and in the 2015 playoffs. The last five meetings between the two teams have all been decided by one goal, with the Peacocks going 2-3 in the five meetings. The last time a contest between the teams was won by a margin larger than one goal was during 2012 when the Peacocks defeated Manhattan 3-1 in Jersey City. 

Last Time we faced Manhattan
Last year in the annual meeting between the Peacocks and Jaspers, the Peacocks gave up two second half goals in a 2-1 setback to the Jaspers after taking a 1-0 lead into halftime. Former Peacock Luke Fairlamb, scored the lone Peacock goal with 14 seconds remaining before the half.

Manhattan Scouting Report
Manhattan brings a 2-0 MAAC record and 5-4 overall mark into Wednesday's contest. The Jaspers have knocked off Iona and Marist en route to the 2-0 conference record. On Wednesday, Manhattan defeated Iona 1-0 in double overtime and then on Saturday Manhattan knocked off Marist 5-0.

Last Time Out
The Peacocks hosted hOURglass Rival Rider on Saturday in Jersey City where the Broncs scored four unanswered goals leading to a 4-1 victory over the Peacocks. Peacock freshman, Dominic Laws (2') scored the first goal of the game to give the Peacocks the early 1-0 lead. Peacock keeper Robbie Anderson made six saves in the game.  

Up Next
The Peacocks will face Niagara on Saturday, October 7 at 7pm.

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.