Pirates Host No. 1 Georgetown on FS1
South Orange, New Jersey – The Seton Hall Pirates will host the No. 1 ranked Georgetown Hoyas at Owen T. Carroll Field on Wednesday evening. The game will be a rematch of last season’s BIG EAST tournament final in which the Pirates won 2-1. Kick-off is set for 7 p.m. and will air on FS1 with Dave Popkin and Monika Moore on call.
All home games are free and open to the public. If entering a building on campus, per the university’s current mandate for indoor masks, all persons (vaccinated and unvaccinated) are required to wear a mask in all indoor, non-residential and academic institutions. on campus, except when alone or at a restaurant.
Calling all Seton Hall Greek Life! Come cheer on the Pirates as they take on the Georgetown Hoyas in a rematch of last year’s BIG EAST Championship game. See you early at Owen T. Carroll Field as free pretzels and soft cookies will be distributed to SHU students while supplies last!
After a postponement of The Hall’s scheduled game with Butler on Saturday, Seton Hall’s last action came on September 28 at Fordham, a game in which the Pirates lost 3-2 in overtime. Eight minutes into the game, Rams ‘Florian Deletioglu received a pass from Max Rogers outside the Pirates’ penalty area where Deletioglu hit a long shot beyond the tense dive from Andreas Nota and in the net for the first goal of the game. Fifteen minutes later, Rogers’ combination at Deletioglu struck again, Rogers ricocheted a shot off the crossbar and came back into play where Deletioglu was able to step on it and double Fordham’s lead.
Trailing in the 60th minute, the Pirates were awarded a penalty after a hand from Ram in the box. For the second time this season, Johannes Pex (Stephansposching, Germany) stepped up to bury the PK. Just 62 seconds later, the Pirates were able to take a penalty again into the penalty area and again Pex delivered for The Hall from the penalty spot.
Just under four minutes into the first extra period, Matt Sloan crossed a ball deep into the Pirates’ box where Rogers was able to step on it for the game winner.
SCOUTING – No. 1 Georgetown (8-0-0, 2-0-0)
- The top-ranked consensus team in the country, Georgetown is unbeaten to open the 2021 season. Currently, the Hoyas are outlining their opponents 17-3 and have thrown five shutouts in eight games.
- Most recently, the Hoyas won a 3-1 home win over DePaul to move up to 2-0-0 in the BIG EAST game.
- In his first year at Georgetown after transferring from St. Louis, Stefan Stojanovic started roaring as he scored five goals to lead the Hoyas. Last year’s BIG EAST Midfielder of the Year and 2020 All-America First Team winner Dante Polvara join Stojanovic atop Georgetown’s offensive standings. Polvara has three goals and three assists to his name this season.
- At net, Georgetown has two-time BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Year and 2020 All-America First Team Selection Giannis Nikopolidis. After being selected as conference goalkeeper of the year this season, Nikopolidis has played five games for the Hoyas, with three shutouts and a 0.40 average.
- The Hoyas lead the all-time series 21-17-4. The Pirates won the most recent game when they beat No. 2 Georgetown, 2-1, on April 17 at Shaw Field for their first BIG EAST Championship since 1991.
NEWS AND NOTES
- The Pirates are 1-2-1 all-time against the nation’s No. 1 team. The Pirates recently faced No. 1 Creighton in 2015 at home dropping 4-2. Hall’s only victory against the nation’s top-ranked team came on October 25, 1998, when the Pirates defeated No. 1 UConn on the road, 2-1.
- The last time these programs met, Seton Hall won his first BIG EAST tournament championship since 1991 in 2020 after defeating No.2-ranked Georgetown, 2-1, in the title match at Shaw Field. CJ Tibbling scored the game-winning goal in the 63rd minute. Camil koreichi got the Pirates on board in the first half and Andreas Nota came up with a huge PK save in the second half to preserve the 2-1 win. It was the fifth BIG EAST title in the history of the program.
- At the head of the BIG EAST and 25th in the country with 15 points at the head of the team, Johannes pex converted his second and third shots on goal of the season last time at Fordham, earning him a spot on the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll. The tally for Pex was only 62 seconds apart and was his second career multi-goal game with his first game in last season’s season opener at NJIT. Pex also scored twice and collected an assist in wins over Delaware and NC State, earning the honor of BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week (9/6). The junior was also named to College Soccer News’ National Team of the Week. Pex was also selected for the conference’s weekly honor roll after his three assists against NJIT (9/10).
- Thirteen different pirates have now found the back of the net this season with 27 assists from 22 goals in total. Hall had tally 12 different players last season.
- As of October 4, The Hall is currently ranked 20th in the country and second in the BIG EAST in total goals (22). The Pirates are also at the top of the conference and third in the country for total assists (27).
- The triumvirate of Luca Dahn, Denis kelmendi and Johannes pex has started in all but one game since the start of the 2020 season. In total, the trio have only missed 258 minutes out of a possible 2,396 minutes playing time, or just over 10% action without the three on the ground.
- With assists against Providence, Raz Amir and Denis kelmendi each picked up their respective fourth assists on the season. Five different Pirates have at least three assists under their belt: Johannes pex, JP Marin, Raz Amir, Denis kelmendi and Jordan jowers. Eleven pirates have at least one campaign assistant
- The Pirates were selected second in the BIG EAST conference preseason coaches poll as the defending BIG EAST champions received 93 points, including three votes for first place. Georgetown took first place in the poll, edging the Pirates by just five points while Creighton, the third team selected, had 74 points.
- CJ Tibbling was selected as the conference preseason co-offensive player of the year and was unanimously selected for the All-BIG EAST preseason squad. Tibbling comes out of a 2020 All-America Second Team Selection as well as All-BIG EAST First Team Honors. On the offensive side, Tibbling led the Pirates with seven goals and 17 points this season in addition to three assists. With his seven goals, Tibbling placed second in the GREATER EAST and 20th nationally in goals scored.
- Luca Dahn was honored as the BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year and secured a spot on the All-BIG EAST preseason squad. Dahn received a 2020 All-America Second Team Selection as well as All-BIG EAST First Team Honors. In his first year in a Seton Hall uniform, Dahn recorded over 1,500 minutes for The Hall and was on the pitch for almost nine minutes throughout the campaign. Although he lines up as a center-back, Dahn has also scored twice for The Hall while registering 12 shots on goal, the team’s second best.