Hawks Andrew D’Ottavi Records 10 Saves in Shutout
Monday, October 29, 2012
SAINT JOSEPH’S MEN’S SOCCER EARNS SECOND CONSECUTIVE DOUBLE OVERTIME DRAW, 0-0, AT FORDHAM
Oct. 28, 2012
BRONX, N.Y. - For the second consecutive game, the Saint Joseph's men's soccer team earned a double-overtime draw after tying with Fordham, 0-0, at Jack Coffey Field on Sunday afternoon. For the second consecutive game, senior goalkeeper Andrew D’Ottavi (Petersburg, N.J./ Ocean City) led the Hawks, making a combined 22 saves on the weekend while allowing just one goal in two games. Earning its second conference point in two games, SJU now stands at 5-10-2 overall and 1-5-2 in the Atlantic 10.
D'Ottavi recorded his third shutout of the season for the Hawks, marking a new-season high in shutouts while boasting five for his career. The captain was unbeatable as he stepped up and did his job time after time, making key saves throughout the match.
In the 15th minute of the opening frame, D'Ottavi made a save on a Fordham penalty kick off the foot of Rams' Casper Gimand en route to a seven-save first half.
After an SJU penalty in the 84th minute, the Rams set up for a free kick just outside the 20. D'Ottavi was positioned perfectly and made the save in the center of the net to force the match into overtime.
The Hawks would not force a shot on goal in either of the two overtime frames, but D'Ottavi came through with two crucial saves in the 101st and 107th minutes of double-overtime to hand Saint Joseph's the tie. The final shot, coming from Fordham's Michael Stalker, looked as close to a goal as it could be, but D'Ottavi stepped up and grabbed the ball out of the air to save the game for the Hawks.
Fordham (5-6-4, 1-3-3 A-10) outshot Saint Joseph's 27-13 (10-2 on goal) and held the advantage in corner kicks 10-6, but a flawless performance from the Hawks defense preserved the tie.
The midfield duo of junior captain Pat McGlynn (Jamison, Pa./St. Joseph’s Prep) and freshman Adam Wissner (Landenberg, Pa./Salesianum (Del.) recorded two shots (one apiece) on goal for SJU.
The Hawks will conclude their regular season this Saturday, November 3, as they take on cross- city rival Temple at the Ambler Sports Complex. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.