PHILLY COLLEGE SPORTS MEN’S SOCCER REVIEW
Week of September 17 – 24, 2012 Games
DREXEL 4 – 2 – 1
Results – Lost 2 – 0 at Virginia, Won 4 – 1 vs. # 11 Old Dominion at Vidas Field
Virginia 2 Drexel 0 – The defeat at Virginia snapped a three game winning streak for Drexel. The Dragons outshout the Cavaliers 13-8, and midfielder Brandon Zeller had 4 shots. However, none beat Virginia goal keeper Spencer LaCivita. Drexel had 4 corner kicks in the first 30 minutes, but none resulted in a score.
Drexel 4 Old Dominion 1 – In the conference opener Drexel upset # 11 Old Dominion at Vidas Field. Midfielder Michele Pataia off a rebound scored the first goal of the game in the 8th minute to give the Dragons the early lead. With 11:23 to play until halftime forward Mark Donahue scored off a rebound to put Drexel up by 2-0. Just two minutes into the second half Pataia notched his second goal of the game. Forward Fabio Machado scored the fourth Dragons goal late in the game.
Pataia was named the CAA Player of the Week as well as the Philadelphia Soccer Six Co-Player of the Week while Tal Bubill was named Co-Defender of the Week.
Next Game – vs. Penn 9/26 at Vidas Field
LA SALLE 5 – 2 – 2
Results – Lost at Villanova 2 – 1
Villanova 2 LaSalle 1 at Villanova West Campus – Villanova took a 2-0 lead on goals by Kyle Soroka late into the second half. LaSalle forward Rob Friskey launched a header in the 68th minute that found the back of the net cutting the lead to a single goal. However, the Explorers got no closer. Villanova had a 21-8 lead in shots, 3-0 from the corner. LaSalle goal keeper John McCarthy saved 7 shots in the contest.
Next Game – vs. UMBC 9/25 at McCarthy Stadium
PENN – 2 – 6
Results – Won 3 – 2 vs. Farleigh Dickinson, Won vs. Rider 7 – 2 at The Princeton Tournament
Summary – Penn 3 Farleigh Dickinson 2 – Penn picked up its first win of the season against FDU, but it was not easy. The Red and Blue took a 3-0 lead, but had to withstand a rally at the end. In the 7th minute forward Stephen Baker put Penn in front 1-0. After halftime Penn forward Duke LaCroix tipped the ball over FDU goal keeper Jacob Lissesk. It was the third goal in three straight games for LaCroix. Midfielder Louis Schott scored in the 73rd minute to give Penn a 3-0 lead with 7 minutes to play. FDU started its comeback scoring twice in a span of 3:37. Penn goal keeper Max Kurtzman, who ranks second in the nation in saves with 7, corralled a shot by Nico Wright
to keep the Red and Blue in the lead.
Penn 7 Rider 2 – The attacking duo of Baker and Lacroix combined for 6 goals and 3 assists in Penn’s highest scoring game since November 2003 when Penn scored 7 goals against Saint Joseph’s. Baker had 4 goals giving him 18 career goals for the Red and Blue. It was the first time a Penn player scored four goals in a game since 1935. Lacroix scored twice and had tallied goals in four straight games. Midfielder Mario Gonzlaez-Guerineau had the other Penn goal.
Baker was named the Philadelphia Soccer Six and Ivy League Co-Player of the Week, while Max Kurtzman was Co-Defender of the Week.
Next Game – at Drexel 9/26
SAINT JOSEPH’S 3 – 5
Result – Lost at # 24 Cornell 3 – 2, Won 1 – 0 at Bucknell
Summary – Cornell 3 SJU 2 – Midfielder Pat McGlynn and midfielder Jake Nelson scored a goal apiece, but a late goal by Conor Goepel gave # 24 Cornell a 3-2 win. SJU goal keeper Andrew D’Ottavi made a season-high 9 saves in the loss. Nelson’s goal in the 72nd minute tied the game, but Goepel scored just 3 minutes later.
SJU 1 Bucknell 0 – SJU midfielder Tim Lazorko scored his first collegiate goal in the 79th minute to lift the Hawks to a 1-0 win over the Bison. Goal keeper D’Ottavi made two saves in recording his second shutout of the season. Bucknell had a 23-12 edge in shots, but only 2 on net. Bucknell had 8 corner kicks to 3 for SJU. Lazorko had 4 shots for the Hawks. The loss snapped a five game win streak for Bucknell, and was their first loss at home. With the win SJU surpassed their win total from last season.
Next Game – at Loyola (MD) 9/29
TEMPLE 3 – 3 – 1
Results – Won 2 – 1 vs. Saint Peter’s, Won 4 – 0 vs. Howard, both at the Ambler Sports Complex
Temple 2 Saint Peter’s 1 – The Owls blasted a season-high 28 shots, 13 on goal in earning the 2-1 win. Cody Calafiore scored his first goal of the season in the13th minute to give the Owls the lead. In the opening minutes of the second half forward Chas Wilson tallied what proved to be the game winner. Goal keeper Bobby Rosato recorded 5 saves.
Temple 4 Howard 0 – Freshman Jared Martinelli recorded a 5-Point day leading Temple to a 4-0 win over Howard. Martinelli scored two goals and was credited with three assists leading the Owls back to the .500 mark. Midfielder Nolan Hemmer and fellow midfielder Jake Lister also tallied goals for Temple. Goal keeper Bobby Rosato turned in three saves.
Jared Martinelli was named the Philadelphia Soccer Six Rookie of the Week for his efforts.
Next Game – at Villanova 9/25
VILLANOVA 6 – 2
Results – Won vs. LaSalle 2 – 1 at West Campus
Villanova 2 LaSalle 1 – Defenseman Kyle Soroka returned to the Villanova lineup from a knee injury and celebrated by scoring at the 1:57 mark to give the Wildcats a 1-0 lead. Soroka took a pass from Dylan Renna and blasted a shot off the left post. However, the ball rolled back to Soroka who made the most of the second chance rolling the ball into the left side of the goal. In the 66th minute Soroka curled a free kick into the top shelf on the right hand side to give the Wildcats a 2-0 lead. LaSalle forward Rob Friskey scored in the 68th minute, but Villanova goal keeper John Fogarty allowed nothing more as the Wildcats get the win.
Next Game – vs. Temple 9/25 at West Campus