PHILADELPHIA – The Saint Joseph men’s soccer team ended a two-game winning streak on Tuesday night. Delaware scored twice in the second half to erase the deficit as the Hawks lost 2-1 to the Blue Hens at Sweeney Field.
Blake Driehuis he continued his good form, but his opener only proved a consolation when the Hawks’ record dropped to 2-4 on the year. Delaware State remains undefeated and is 5-0-1 to start the season.
HOW DID THIS HAPPEN
- The Hawks had their first opportunity in the first 10 minutes Bart Kooistra he drove down the right side and then shot past the goal at the approaching player Blake Driehuis. The ball deflected off Truls Brændvang before the Blue Hen defender managed to deflect the shot for a corner.
- Lars Haavi recorded his first recording the night of the 15thvol In the 1st minute, a calm free kick was awarded to the Norwegian.
- Haavie was called into action again on the 30thvol minute, depriving Sam Donnellan of an opening opportunity when a tackle knocked the ball out for a corner kick for the visitors.
- Kooistra found another opportunity to create offense early in the game, almost capitalizing on a mistake in the Delaware defense when his curling left foot forced Eddie DeMarco to defend at full speed to deny the striker.
- After half chances for both teams, neither team was able to break the tie as they led 0-0 going into the second half.
- The Hawks opened the scoring thanks to none other than Driehuis, scoring their fifth goal in three games to give St. Joe’s driving. Kooistra got involved in the play, collected the loose ball from the corner and then shot into the box. Looped ball from Alex Hartmann found the path of Driehuis, who nodded past the goalkeeper.
- The lead proved to be short-lived as Delaware responded almost immediately, with Carlos Fernandez collecting the ball off a deflection off Haavi and past the keeper to equalize for the Blue Hens.
- Haavi’s extraordinary save resulted in a 1-1 draw as the Blue Hens found a direct path to the goal. An instinctive save as he ran into the path allowed him to see an attempt to fly harmlessly over the net and clear for a corner kick.
- Haavie couldn’t do anything about the ’75 strikevol The minute the visitors took the lead, Einar Hardarson shot a shot into the top left corner from distance and the Blue Hens took a 2-1 lead.
- The goal separated the teams, and St. Joe’s efforts over the final 15 minutes were unsuccessful, and Delaware ended the Crimson and Gray’s two-game winning streak.
- Driehuis has already scored five goals in the last three matches. The Atlantic 10 Offensive Player of the Week scored six goals in his first 39 games at Hawk Hill.
- Kooistra picked up his second assist of the year, averaging a goal per game in his first four starts.
- Hartmann added his first point of the year with an assist.
- Haavie finished the night with four saves.
- SJU remains winless in four games against Delaware. The last time the Hawks beat the visiting team in 2008, they won 3-2 in overtime.
- St. Joe’s scored his first home goal of the year, snapping a 319-minute scoring streak and starting the season without a goal at home.
IN THE FUTURE
- The Hawks will make a short trip to La Salle to begin A-10 play on Saturday, September 16. St. Joe’s visits the Explorers in a 7 p.m. matchup at McCarthy Stadium.
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