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Saint Joseph’s loses first conference game; other local teams struggle on the road

La Salle, Drexel and Delaware all fell in road games while Saint Joseph’s lost their first conference match at home on Wednesday



Saint Joseph’s was unable to overcome two goals scored 32 seconds apart in the first half in a 2-1 loss to Davidson on Wednesday.

The loss was the Hawks (6-6-1) first in Atlantic 10 play after winning their first three conference matches for the first time since 2007.

Davidson forward Maxi Pragnell opened the scoring in the 14th minute with a penalty kick and then headed home a goal 32 seconds later to put the visitors in a commanding lead.

Saint Joe’s battled back with a goal six minutes before halftime from sophomore Isaac Agyapong off an assist from defender Eddie McCusker (Washington Township, N.J.). The goal was Agyapong’s second of the season. The Hawks outshot Davidson 19-12, but Davidson’s keeper was up to the task with eight saves on the night.

Drexel drop seventh straight; La Salle and Delaware fall

Drexel ended their six-game scoring drought with a goal from Colin McGlynn in the 73rd minute, but by then the Dragons were already down four goals to Hofstra.

The Pride, first place in the conference, got a brace from Adam Savill and goals from Meshack Eshun and Luke Brown to improve to 6-0-0 in conference play. The Drexel goal was the first of the season for McGlynn, who leads the team with two assists.

La Salle (6-6-0) conceded two second half goals and dropped their second straight Atlantic 10 game to VCU.

The Explorers managed only four shots and one shot on goal in the match while goalkeeper Mike Kirk made two serves. Jorge Herranz scored in the 55th minute and Luc Fatton in the 75th to pace the Rams.

Delaware (8-4-1) dropped their second straight CAA match on the road at James Madison on Wednesday.

Marco Sivero gave the Blue Hens the lead in the 35th minute, but Bill Metzler and Brennen Burton scored in the second half to lift the Dukes to their first win of the season.

James Madison goalkeeper Kyle Morton (West Chester, Pa.) made three saves to get the better of his younger brother Todd Morton (West Chester, Pa.), who had four saves in the match.

Rider and Lafayette both draw

Rider were unable to make a 46th minute goal from Elliott Otmani hold up as Ryan Shields found an equalizer for Manhattan in the 77th minute on Wednesday.

Rider improved to 7-3-2 overall and 2-1-2 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic with the draw.

Lafayette (6-6-1) was held scoreless at home by NJIT in a non-conference match on Wednesday.

The Leopards were limited to nine shots – Evan Vare (Jamison, Pa.) led the way with three – while Brian Ehrlich (Ambler, Pa.) had to make seven saves to record his second clean sheet of the season.

Matthew Ralph is the managing editor of Philadelphia Soccer Now / Brotherly Game. He's covered soccer at all levels for many years in the Philadelphia region and has also written for, NPSL, PrepSoccer and other publications. He lives with his wife and two young children in Broomall, Pa., but grew up in South Jersey and is originally from Kansas.

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