St. Francis men aim for perfect season
by Bryan Fonseca
Oct 26, 2016 | 12630 views | 0 0 comments | 660 660 recommendations | email to a friend | print
With five consecutive shutouts, the St. Francis Terriers’ soccer squad has outscored their opponents 11-0 in Northeast Conference (NEC) play.

It currently ranks among the best in-conference starts in school history, as the Terriers currently stand at first in the NEC with a perfect (5-0-0) record to complement their (9-4-2) season tally.

“Until we start getting shutouts consistently, that’s not good enough from us defensively and from me as the goalkeeper,” Terrier goalie Seth Erdman, who now has four shutouts, said at the start of NEC play.

This past weekend, the Terriers continued the streak by thumping the Central Connecticut State Blue Devils 2-0 at Brooklyn Bridge Park, improving their home record to (5-1-1) on the year.

To this point of their 2016 campaign, the Terriers have been led by their standout defense, which has become the program’s trademark throughout their recent run of success, which includes two NEC titles and two NCAA Tournament appearances in 2013 and 2014 respectively.

“Having gone to the NCAA tournament my first two years here in 2013 and 2014, then last year having the best team that we’ve had in all three of those years maybe, we definitely could get back there for sure,” Erdman said right before this Terrier tear.

In total, the blue-and-red have only allowed 12 goals, all of which were before the month of October. In turn, the Terriers have powered in 23 goals, with senior forward Yussuf Olajide leading the way at five.

Junior midfielder/defender Dominick Falanga has been the lead playmaker for SFC, leading the Terriers with four assists on the season thus far.

As alluded to earlier, the Terrier defense has been stout all season long, and even with the graduation of All-NEC goalkeeper Jack Binks, the Terriers have received some solid play in net. Erdman, who spent years behind Binks waiting for an opportunity has recently elevated his game, along with the rest of the team.

Three of Erdman’s four shutouts were against NEC opposition, and were all in consecutive games against Fairleigh Dickinson, Saint Francis University (PA) and Robert Morris respectively, which led up to the Terriers’ recent win against Central Connecticut State.

The former Longwood University transfer currently ranks second in the conference in shutouts.

Against the Blue Devils it was junior goalie Roberto Bazzichetto who recorded 90 shutout minutes in net for the Terriers, which, combined with their exceptional backline of defense, helped guide the team to their latest triumph.

Next up for the Terriers are the Bryant Bulldogs who they’ll face Sunday, October 30, at 1 p.m. in Rhode Island. Following this contest is the much-anticipated Battle of Brooklyn between the Terriers and LIU-Brooklyn Blackbirds, continuing one of the city’s best college rivalries.

As it stands, the Blackbirds (9-4-2, 3-1-1 NEC) are in second place in the NEC, trailing the Terriers, who are line to host this year’s NEC playoff.

Last year the Blackbirds knocked the Terriers out of the NEC playoffs on penalty kicks en route to a conference championship and NCAA Tournament berth.

The Terriers were also defeated by the Blackbirds in last year’s Battle of Brooklyn, 1-0, to end the regular season, snapping a four-game head-to-head win streak.

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