Saint Peter's (1-9-2, 0-6) vs. Iona (4-4-3, 3-2-1)
Date: Wed, Oct. 18, 2017
Time: 3 p.m.
Location: Joseph J. Jaroschak Field, Jersey City, NJ
Next on Tap
The Peacocks will remain home for their next meeting against Iona on Wednesday, October 17 before returning on the road. The match is set for a 3pm kick-off.
All-Time Series vs. Iona
The all-time series between the Peacocks and the Gaels dates back to 1980, with the two teams meeting 38 times since. The Peacocks trail the Gaels 16-19-3 all-time, and have surrendered the previous seven matches. Saint Peter's last knocked off the Gaels in 2010 during the MAAC Championship title game, earning a 2-1 win, and trip to the NCAA Tournament.
Last Meeting with the Gaels
The Peacocks and the Gaels met in last season's MAAC opener, with the Gaels topping the Peacocks, 4-1. Michael Crentsil scored the Peacocks goal in the contest.
Iona Scouting Report
The Gaels enter Wednesday's meeting, 3-2-1 in the MAAC and 4-4-3 overall. Iona is 3-1-1 in its last five games. The Gaels most recently played Fairfield to a 0-0 draw on Saturday. Iona also has a 1-0 victory over then No. 24 ranked Connecticut.
Last Time Out
The Peacocks suffered their second consecutive heartbreaking loss of the season, falling 4-3 to Canisius on Saturday afternoon at home. The Peacocks watched a 2-0 lead evaporate, falling behind 3-2. A penalty kick by Jordan Jowers tied the game at 3-3, before Canisius scored the game-winning goal. Jowers scored two of the three Peacock goals in the defeat.
The Peacocks hit the road again for a meeting with hOURglass Rival, Monmouth on Saturday, October 21 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.
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.