PHILLY COLLEGE SPORTS MEN’S SOCCER WEEK IN REVIEW
La Salle and Villanova Clinch Post-Season Berths
Week of October 25- 31, 2016
DREXEL 1 – 13 – 2 Overall, 0 – 7 – 0 CAA
Results – Lost 2 – 1 vs. UMBC at Vidas Field, Lost 1 – 0 at William & Mary
Summary – It was a big week for Dragons goalie Tyler Afflerbach who made 18 saves. He set a career-mark with 10 against the Tribe. But Drexel fell twice. They did break their goal less streak spanning two games when Xavier Bou Hernandez got a goal at home against UMBC. The game winning goals in both contests came in the 85th and 89th minute.
Next Game – 11/1 at College of Charleston
LA SALLE 9 – 7 – 0 Overall, 4 – 3 – 0 Atlantic 10
Results – Won 3 – 2 at Saint Joseph’s
Summary – A goal in the 87th minute by Sixtus Akinlosotu gave the Explorers a victory over their city rival Hawks of Saint Joseph’s. Matt Robinson and Pat McCarthy also found the back of the net for La Salle which overcame a two-goal deficit created in the first 11 minutes. The win clinches a spot in the Atlantic 10 Tournament for La Salle, who could achieve the #2 seed.
Next Game – 11/1 at Hartwick
PENN –5 –5 – 5 Overall, 3 – 2 – 0 Ivy League
Results – Lost 1 – 0 vs. West Virginia, Won 2 – 1 (OT) vs. Brown both games at Rhodes Field
Summary – The non-conference schedule ended for the University of Pennsylvania with a loss to West Virginia. Penn had an advantage in shots (10 – 4) and shots on goal (5 – 1), but gave up the only goal at 51:20. The Quakers rebounded by beating the Brown Bears in overtime. Dami Omitaomu scored both goals with the winner coming in the 97th minute. Omitaomu was named the Soccer Six Rookie of the Week. Penn has a two-game winning streak in the Ancient Eight. The Red and Blue occupy fourth-place in conference, a point behind Columbia and Dartmouth who are tied for second. The regular season concludes after a week off with a game at Princeton on November 5.
Next Game – 11/5 at Princeton
SAINT JOSEPH’S 6 – 10 – 1 Overall, 3 – 5 – 0 Atlantic 10
Results – Lost 3 – 2 vs. La Salle at Sweeney Field
Summary – The Hawks jumped out to a 2 – 0 lead in the first eleven minutes of play on goals by Sam Irvin and Derek MacKinnon, who assisted on the Irvin goal. The Explorers chipped away at the lead, then got the game-winner from Sixtus Akinlosotu in the 87th minute of play. Saint Joseph’s is tied for the eighth and final tournament spot in the Atlantic 10 with Rhode Island.
TEMPLE 10 – 5 – 2 Overall, 2 – 2 – 2 AAC
Results – Won 1 – 0 (OT) vs. UCF at the Temple Sports Complex
Summary – Jorge Gomez-Sanchez scored in the 94th minute as Temple closed out their home schedule with an overtime conference win. The Owls were unbeaten at home posting a record of 8 – 0 – 2. Gomez-Sanchez had 7 shots in the contest, 2 on goal, and most importantly, one went in the net. It was goal number 14 of the season for Gomez-Sanchez pushing him into fifth-place in program history for single-season goals. He earned the Philadelphia Soccer Six Player of the Week honor. Goalie Alex Cagle turned in his eighth shutout of the season. He made a crucial save late in regulation to keep the game tied, and earned the Soccer Six Defender of the Week award. The Owls are in fifth-place in the conference, one-point behind Connecticut and Cincinnati for the fourth and final tournament spot. Temple is two points in back of second place Tulsa.
Next Game – 11/5 at USF, the 2016 Regular Season Conference Champion
VILLANOVA 9 – 6 – 2 Overall, 4 – 3 – 1 Big East
Results – Won 2 – 1 vs. St. John’s at the Higgins Soccer Complex, Lost 3 – 2 at Georgetown
Summary – The Wildcats split over the week, but qualified for the Big East Tournament. Villanova is tied for third-place with Xavier and Creighton. In the win over St. John’s goals were scored by Miguel Polley and Jacob Anderson. Goalie Will Steiner made 5 saves. It was the fifth straight home victory for the Cats. Conor Bradley and Padraic McCullaugh collected goals for Villanova on the match at Georgetown.
Next Game – 11/3 vs. Seton Hall at The Higgins Soccer Complex