VILLANOVA, PA. 10/12/2014 – The Villanova Wildcats women’s soccer team played an even match hosting the Red Storm of St. John’s at the Higgins Soccer Complex. It appeared that whoever would get the break would get the win. St. John’s put offensive pressure on the Villanova defense late in the second half. The Red Storm finally broke through in the 70th minute when forward Rachel Daly sent a cross into the box that forward Caitlyn McLaughlin put into the left side. St.John’s upped their record to 4 – 0 – 1 in the Big East with the 1 – 0 victory.
The Wildcats have been involved in close conference contests. Fran Kulas, Villanova Coach. felt the game would be decided by who took advantage of their opportunity.
“It was a back and forth game and in a physical game such as this there won’t be many chances,” said Kulas. “All of our Big East games have been one goal games.”
“It was a game where neither team held the momentum for a very long period,” said Kulas. “It was back and forth, back and forth.
The Red Storm outshot the Wildcats by a 12 – 9 margin, and had a 5 – 1 edge in corner kicks. Villanova sophomore goal keeper Emma Meyer made 4 saves while Diana Poulin made 5 saves for St. John’s. Junior forward Christina Camassa led Villanova with 5 shots, 2 on goal while senior midfielder Victoria Gersh had 2 shots that were both on net.
Villanova falls to 2 – 3 in conference and are 4 – 8 – 2 overall. The Wildcats missed an opportunity to gain ground in the conference standings. DePaul, Georgetown, Marquette, and St.John’s came into their games undefeated in league play. The Wildcats next outing is a road game against Creighton, a team they will compete with (along with Providence) for a Big East Championship berth.
“There are four teams at the top of the table and no one is getting points against them,” Kulas said. “We’ve been getting points off each other, so it puts pressure on you when you don’t get points each game. That puts pressure on your next game. We wanted to get three points, we played well enough to get three points, but now each game has more importance. We have to go to Nebraska, play Creighton, and get three there.”
Written By: Glenn Papazian
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