PHILLY COLLEGE SPORTS WOMEN’S SOCCER REVIEW
Temple Sets A Program Record 12th Win, Saint Joseph’s Winning Streak At Four, La Salle Closing In On A League Playoff Spot
Games The Week of October 21 – 27, 2015
DREXEL 9 – 9 – 0 Overall, 3 – 6 – 0 CAA
Results – Won 3 – 1 at Northeastern, Lost 1 – 0 at Hofstra
Summary – The Dragons finished the regular season on the road at the two teams at the top of the CAA standings. Drexel split the weekend series and appear to have something to build upon for the future. One of the building blocks appears to be freshman Vanessa Kara who was named the league Rookie of the Week. Kara scored the third goal against Northeastern. It was her 11th of the season and gives her sole possession of the program record for both goals and points (25) recorded in a single season. Drexel was eliminated from advancing to the league playoffs with their loss and Delaware’s win over Northeastern. The Blue Hens got the 6th and final playoff spot.
Next Game – 2016 Season Opener
LA SALLE 7 – 7 – 3 Overall, 4 – 3 – 1 Atlantic 10
Results – Won 2 – 0 vs. Richmond at McCarthy Stadium, Tied 1 – 1 (2 OT) at Saint Louis
Summary – The Explorers got a goal and an assist from Deja Davis and got a shutout from goal keeper Lisa Zambelli (her third of the year) in getting their win and a draw. The results gives La Salle some momentum towards the Atlantic 10 tournament. Presently, the Explorers hold the 6th seed, 2 points behind Saint Joseph’s and Fordham who are tied for the four seed. La Salle is two points ahead of both Duquesne and George Mason. Massachusetts is one point in back of both of those schools and two behind La Salle for the last playoff spots. The Explorers complete the final weekend of regulation play meeting the Patriots and the Dukes, games that will have major standings implications.
Next Game – 10/29 at George Mason
PENN – 6 – 3 – 5 Overall, 1 – 1 – 3 Ivy League
Results – Won 2 – 1 vs. Yale at Rhodes Field
Summary – The University of Pennsylvania got two goals before the game was 20 minutes old. Penn got goals from Sasha Stephens and Caroline Dwyer. Yale scored with a little more than 8 minutes to play when Michelle Alozie on a shot from 25 yards away that got it under the cross bar.
Game – 10/31 at Brown
SAINT JOSEPH’S 11 –6 – 0 Overall, 5 – 3 – 0 Atlantic 10
Result – Won 2 – 1 at Saint Louis, Won 3 – 0 at Davidson
Summary – The Hawks sweep over the week moves them into a tie for the fourth spot in the Atlantic 10 standings. Saint Joe’s has been victorious in their last four games. Goal keeper Allison Ebling recorded two wins to give her 21 for her career. Ebling is in second place in career wins at the school, one behind the career record. The Hawks got a game-winning goal from Meghan DiPippa in the 81st minute at Saint Louis . SJU is tied with Fordham and leads 6th place La Salle by two points.
Next Game – 10/29 vs. Massachusetts at Sweeney Field
TEMPLE 12 – 6 – 1 Overall, 4 – 4 – 1 AAC
Results – Won 3 – 2 vs. SMU, Won 2 – 1 vs. Houston both at the Ambler Sports Complex
Summary –A goal by Kelly Farrell against Houston in the 86th minute gave Temple a program record 12th win of the season. Erin Lafferty scored twice in the last four minutes in the come from behind win against SMU. Lafferty was named the American Defensive Player of the Week for her efforts in the Owls first-ever win over the Mustangs. She has scored 7 goals for the season. Temple has earned the sixth seed in the upcoming conference tournament in Dallas, TX. The Owls will meet the Bulls of South Florida.
Next Game – 11/3 vs. #3 Seed USF in the American Athletic Quarterfinals
VILLANOVA 1 – 16 – 0 Overall, 0 – 8 – 0 Big East
Results – Lost 2 – 0 at Marquette, Lost 2 – 1 vs. #25 St. John’s at the Higgins Soccer Complex
Summary – The Wildcats fell behind by two goals in each game. Villanova did score in the game against nationally ranked St. John’s at the Higgins Soccer Complex. Emma Meyer and Emily Harris combined for 12 saves over the week. The Blue and White finish the season in East Orange, NJ.
Next Game – 10/30 at Seton Hall