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Men’s Soccer Set For Home Opener on Sunday against Cornell

THE MATCHUP: St. Francis Brooklyn vs. Cornell Sunday, September 2, at 4 p.m. Brooklyn Bridge Park – Pier 5 | Brooklyn Heights, NY Live Video | Live Stats The Terriers are back on the pitch on Sunday, September 2, and will face Cornell at 4 p.m. St. Francis Brooklyn hosts Cornell in its 2018 home opener at Brooklyn Bridge Park – Pier 5, located in Brooklyn Heights, NY. St. Francis Brooklyn last met Cornell on September 22, 2017, when the Big Red topped the Terriers, 2-1, in Ithaca, NY. Cornell opened its season with a win over Binghamton on Friday, August 31. The Big Red finished the 2017 season (7-8-2, 2-4-1 Ivy) and was picked to finish seventh in the 2018 Ivy League Preseason Poll. LAST TIME OUT: On Thursday, August 30, the Terriers fell to local New York City rival Manhattan, 2-0. St. Francis Brooklyn and Manhattan played to a scoreless first half before the Jaspers tallied a pair of goals in the second half en route to victory. The Terriers attempted nine shots in the contest, five of which were on goal. They had their best scoring chances come over a 14-minute stretch in the second half. St. Francis Brooklyn sent five shots at the net, four on goal, but were turned away each time by Jaspers' goalkeeper Marcellin Gohier.

HOME COOKIN': Since 2013, the Terriers have posted a (33-5-4) mark at home. Each of the last two seasons, St. Francis Brooklyn has compiled a (16-2-20) record at Brooklyn Bridge Park – Pier 5. PICKED TO THREE-PEAT: St. Francis Brooklyn was selected as the unanimous favorite in the Northeast Conference (NEC) Preseason Poll for the second year in a row, as announced by the league on August 14. The Terriers have claimed two consecutive NEC Championships and are winners of four out of the last five conference titles (2013, 2014, 2016, 2017). 2017 RECAP: For the second year in a row and fourth out of the last five, St. Francis Brooklyn claimed the NEC Men's Soccer Championship and earned a berth into the NCAA Championship. The Terriers defeated rival LIU Brooklyn, 5-0, in the 2017 NEC Championship game and went on to face Fordham in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. St. Francis Brooklyn fell just short against Fordham, as the Rams came out on top, 3-2, in overtime. 2017 marked another memorable year for the Terriers. Tom Giovatto and his staff were named the NEC Coaching Staff of the Year, and Giovatto himself earned the ECAC Coach of the Year honor. A total of nine student-athletes received All-NEC recognition in 2017. Giovatto earned his 100th career victory at St. Francis Brooklyn on Friday, October 20, at home against Robert Morris. Giovatto is the third head coach in men's soccer program history to reach the 100-win plateau. DOUBLE-DIGIT WINS: Since Giovatto took over the helm in 2007, the Terriers have won 10 or more games in a season eight times. St. Francis Brooklyn has recorded double-digit win totals five years in a row and won 14 games last season, the most since the team won 15 games in 1998. The 14 wins in 2017 tied for the second-most victories in a single-season in program history. The Terriers also won 14 games in 1978, 1991, 1995, and 1997. MEET THE STAFF: Giovatto enters his 12th year at the helm of St. Francis Brooklyn. Former St. Francis Brooklyn men's soccer standout Andy Cormackenters his fourth season as an assistant. Alessio Cannata and Hector Guerrero joined Giovatto's staff before the 2018 season. Guerrero will serve as the teams' goalkeepers' coach. UP NEXT: The Terriers are back on the pitch Wednesday, September 5, when they travel to Philadelphia, PA to take on La Salle at 7 p.m.

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