Philly College Men’s Soccer Week In Review – Games of October 23 – 30, 2017


La Salle Gets A Share Of The Soccer Six Title, Gets The Only Win In The City This Week

Week of October 23 – 30, 2017

DREXEL 2 – 13 – 1 Overall, 1 – 6 – 1 CAA

Results – Lost 1 – 0 vs. La Salle at Vidas Field, Lost 1 – 0 at James Madison University

Summary –  The Dragons lost a pair of 1 – 0 games over the week.  They were outshot 38 – 8, but the play of goalie Jacob Jordan kept Drexel in the games.  La Salle scored in the 87th minute and JMU got the golden goal in the 77th minute of play.  Jordan recorded 16 saves over the two games.  The Drexel losing streak is at 8 games.  The young Dragons have yet to win on the road and will get a final chance traveling to Princeton to end the season.

Next Game – 10/31 at Princeton

LA SALLE 7 – 9 – 1 Overall, 2 – 5 – 0 Atlantic 10

Results – Won 1 – 0 at Drexel, Lost 2 – 1 (2 OT) vs. St. Bonaventure at McCarthy Stadium

Summary –  The win at Drexel gave La Salle a share of the Philadelphia Soccer Six crown along with Villanova.  Pat McCarthy scored in the 87th minute to propel the Explorers past the Dragons.  Mark Tobin recorded his third shutout in the contest.  At Olean La Salle tied the game with 3:34 left in regulation on a goal by Matt Robinson, but fell when Jacob Dyck scored for St. Bonaventure with just over a minute left in the second overtime.  The Explorers are still in the hunt for an Atlantic 10 playoff spot presently tied with the Bonnies for the 8th spot.  The loss on the road was a critical one, so the game at Davidson takes on added importance.  La Salle swept the Soccer Six Awards with McCarthy being named Player of the Week and Tobin being the Defensive Player of the Week.

Next Game – 11/1 at Davidson

PENN – 3 – 11 – 1 Overall, 1 – 3 – 1 Ivy League

Results –  Lost 1 – 0 at West Virginia, Lost 2 – 1 (OT) at Brown

Summary – The University of Pennsylvania fell in both one-goal decisions.  West Virginia scored on a penalty kick in the 65th minute.  At Brown Sam Wancowicz tied the game for Penn scoring in the 70th minute, but with less than a minute remaining in the first overtime Brown ended it when Nico Lozada put a header in the net.

Next Game – 11/4 vs. Princeton at Rhodes Field

SAINT JOSEPH’S  3 – 10 – 4 Overall, 1 – 5 – 1 Atlantic 10

Results – Lost 3 – 1 vs. George Washington at Sweeney Field

Summary –  Two late goals scored in the 71st and 86th minute by GWU proved to being the undoing for Saint Joe’s, who scored on an own goal by the Colonials.  The Hawks are out of post-season contention.  Goalie Greg O’Connell made 4 saves.  The senior made 148 saves over four years placing O’Connell in 8th place in program history for career saves.

Next Game – 11/1 at Saint Louis

TEMPLE 8 – 7 – 1 Overall, 3 – 3 – 0 AAC

Results – Lost 1 – 0 at UCF

Summary – A goal by Mattias Pyysalo just after halftime proved to be the difference.  It was Pyysalo’s 29th goal of the season.  He is amongst the nation’s leaders in goals, points, and assists.  The Owls must beat South Florida on Saturday to have a chance to play in the American Athletic Conference semifinal round.

Next Game – 11/4 vs. USF at the Temple Soccer Complex

VILLANOVA  7 – 10 – 0, 2 –  6 – 0 Big East

Results – Lost 2 – 1 (2 OT) at St. John’s, Lost 2 – 1 vs Providence at the Higgins Soccer Complex

Summary – A pair of 2 – 1 losses ended Villanova’s chances of playing in the Big East post-season.  Zach Zandi gave the Wildcats an early lead against the Red Storm, who scored the equalizer in the 61st minute and the golden goal in the 102nd minute.  Will Steiner recorded 7 saves in goal.  Villanova could not erase a two-goal deficit against Providence.  Lucas Hodges got the Wildcats to within a goal just before halftime.  Nova had 12 shots in the game, 9 were on goal.

Next Game – 11/1 at Seton Hall

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