Philly Soccer 6

Philly Soccer 6 previews: Saint Joseph’s and Temple

Philly Soccer 6 season previews continue this week with Saint Joseph’s University and Temple University. See our previous piece for La Salle University and Villanova University season previews.

Saint Joseph’s University

Head coach: Don D’Ambra
2013 NCAA RPI: ranked 130th
2013 record: Atlantic 10 Conference 3-5-0 / overall 5-8-6
Newcomers: Michael Akinkoye (M), Mark Colville (M), Matt Crawford (M), Chris DiSabatino (D), Bobby Edwards (GK), Trevor Nicol (GK), Gregory O’Connell (GK), Ben Zambetti (M)
Players to watch: Tim Lazorko (M), Jake Nelson (M), Eric Jordan (M)
Must-see matches: Drexel (Sept. 13), Penn (Sept. 30), Fordham (Oct. 12), La Salle (Oct. 24), Davidson (Nov. 7), Dayton (Nov. 9)

The Hawks finished the regular season 5-8-6 in 2013 with their first post season appearance since 1994. In his 5th year as head coach, D’Ambra will be looking to continue the progress made during last year’s campaign.

Temple University

Head coach: David MacWilliams
2013 NCAA RPI: ranked 51st
2013 record: American Athletic Conference 3-1-4 / overall 10-4-4
Newcomers: Brendon Creed (M), Taerk Faved (F), Cameron Johnson (D), Joonas Jokinen (F/M), Felipe Liborio (M), Joseph Melong (GK), Jacob Rosenkalt (M), Tim Rudy (M), Roman Spicer (M), Matt Sullivan (M), Olli Tynkkynen (F), Christos Yiantsos (M), Dinho Zwane (M/F)
Players to watch: Jared Martinelli (M/F), Chas Wilson (F), Dan Scheck (GK)
Must-see matches: Drexel (Sept. 2), Penn State (Sept. 5), Duke (Sept. 9), Delaware (Sept. 24), South Florida (Oct. 4), UCF (Oct. 8), Connecticut (Oct. 22), Tulsa (Oct. 25), Memphis (Nov. 1)

The Owl’s made it to the American Athletic Conference quarterfinals in 2013 with an overall record of 10-4-4. Expect an exciting year ahead as veteran head coach Dave Mac Williams raises the bar for the Temple squad with a rigorous national schedule.

One Comment

  1. In my four years at Temple I never once got to see the Owls play. If they ever play a game IN Philly I’ll go. I’m not trekking to Ambler, I’m sorry.

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