PHILLY COLLEGE SPORTS MEN’S SOCCER WEEK IN REVIEW
Saint Joseph’s Upsets #24 VCU, Penn In First Place In The Ivy League
Week of October 22 – 29, 2013 Games
DREXEL 7 – 7 – 2 Overall, 3 – 1 – 1 CAA
Results – Lost 2 – 1 at James Madison
JMU 2 Drexel 1 – The Dragons suffered their first conference defeat and a four-game winning streak was snapped with the loss to James Madison. Nathan Page scored his 5th goal, the team leader, in the 57th minute to give Drexel the lead. JMU scored within 5 minutes to get the lead and their first conference win of the season. The Dragons outshot the Dukes 9 – 7.
Next Game – 10/30 vs. Hofstra at Vidas Field
LA SALLE 6 – 6 – 3 Overall, 3 – 1 – 1 Atlantic 10
Results – Lost 3 – 0 at #24 VCU, Tied 1 – 1 at George Mason ( 2 OT)
#24 VCU 3 LaSalle 0 – The Rams scored twice in the final 15 minutes to seal the win against the Explorers. VCU had a 14 – 4 edge in shots and a 5 – 3 advantage in corner kicks. Goal keeper John McCarthy made 7 saves.
LaSalle 1 George Mason 1 (2 OT) – Rob Friskey netted the Explorer goal in the 35th minute, his 4th of the season. Friskey has 3 goals in the last 5 games. McCarthy made a season-high 11 saves for the Explorers. LaSalle was outshot 6 – 2 in the overtime periods, but none went past McCarthy. George Mason outshot LaSalle 23 – 7, and held a 12 – 3 advantage in corner kicks.
Next Game – 11/3 vs. Dayton at McCarthy Stadium
PENN – 6 – 7 – 1 Overall, 3 – 0 – 1 Ivy League
Results – Won 3 – 2 (OT) vs. Yale, Lost 2 – 1 vs. #9 Penn State both at Rhodes Field
Penn 3 Yale 2 (OT) – With the overtime win the Red and Blue gained first place in the Ivy League. The overtime goal by Stephen Baker broke a 2 – 2 tie in the 94th minute and ended his six match scoreless streak. For his efforts Baker was named the Philadelphia Soccer Sox Player of the Week. Baker assisted on Quaker goals by Matt Poplawski and Jonny Dolezal. Penn goal keeper Tyler Kinn made a save with 4 seconds to play that allowed the game to reach the extra period. Poplawski was named the Philadelphia Soccer Six Rookie of the Week.
#9 Penn State 2 Penn 1 – All 3 goals were scored in the second half. The Nittany Lions took the lead in the 62nd minute. The Red and Blue tied it at the 70:52 mark by Matt Poplawski. Penn State got the game winner 13 minutes later when Shane Campbell put in a rebound. Tyler Kinn had 8 saves for Penn who outshot their cross-state rival 15 – 14.
Next Game – 11/2 at Brown
SAINT JOSEPH’S 3 –7 – 5 Overall, 1 – 4 – 0 Atlantic 10
Result –1 – 0 (OT) vs. George Mason, Won 1 – 0 vs. #24 VCU both at Sweeney Field
George Mason 1 Saint Joseph’s 0 (OT) – A goal by George Mason’s Jannik Eckenrode in the 95th minute was the difference as the Hawks lost in overtime. George Mason had a 17 – 8 edge in shots. SJU put only 1 shot on goal, that by Colin Reilly in the 65th minute. Goal Keeper Andrew D’Ottavi made 5 saves in the games. Four were gems to keep Saint Joe’s in the game. Defender Brendan Reilly made a team save in the 78th minute also keeping the Hawks in contention.
Saint Joseph’s 1 #24 VCU 0 – Hawks senior forward Ryan McFadden scored the first goal of his collegiate career in the 85th minute lifting the team to a win over nationally ranked VCU. D’Ottavi recorded his fifth shutout of the season and the 10th of his career, fifth place on the school all-time shutout list. His 4 saves gives D’Ottavi 352 to rank fourth in the all-time list for career saves. The senior goal keeper was named the Philadelphia Soccer Six Defender of the Week.
Next Game – 11/3 at Saint Louis
TEMPLE 9 – 3 – 4 Overall, 2 – 1 – 4 AAC
Results – Won 1 – 0 at Rutgers, Tied 2 – 2 (OT) at UCF
Temple 1 Rutgers 0 – The Cherry and White notched their first American Athletic Conference road victory in Piscataway, NJ. Chas Wilson got the only goal of the game in the 37th minute. It was Wilson’s third goal of the season. Goal Keeper Dan Scheck earned his eighth shutout of the season. The Owls are undefeated in their last 6 games including wins over Drexel, Memphis, and now Rutgers.
Temple 2 UCF 2 (OT) – The Owls opened the scoring early in the second half as Vaughn Spurrier scored unassisted. Chas Wilson made it 2 – 0 scoring on a pass from Jared Martinelli. UCF got a goal in the 57th minute. The equalizer came in the 85th minute on a penalty kick goal by Romario Williams. Scheck had 5 saves in the game which saw each team get 11 shots. Temple had 2 shots in overtime, UCF had one.
Next Game – 11/2 vs. Cincinnati at the Ambler Sports Complex
VILLANOVA 8 – 7 – 1 Overall, 3 – 4 – 0 Big East
Results – Lost 2 – 1 (OT) vs. Providence at the West Campus Soccer Complex, Won 1 – 0 at DePaul
Providence 2 Villanova 1 (OT) – The three game Villanova winning streak came to an end in the 108th minute on a Providence goal by Dominik Machado. Early in the game Aaron Dennis lifted a pass to Chris Hill who sent the ball low and into the goal in the 8th minute. It was the third goal of the season for Hill. The Friars tied the game on a penalty kick at the 34:23 mark.
Villanova 1 DePaul 0 – With the Big East season nearing its conclusion the Wildcats need as many points as they can garner to put themselves in a good playoff position. The win over DePaul was big as Aaron Dennis got the only goal in the 34th minute. Villanova turned the game over to the defense. DePaul had an 18 – 10 advantage in shots, but Wildcats goal keeper Andrew Weakly came up with five saves keeping the Blue Demons off the scoreboard.
Next Game – 11/2 vs. Xavier at the West Campus Soccer Complex