Philly College Men’s Soccer Week in Review – Games of September 17 – 23, 2018


Saint Joseph’s Offense Explodes; Drexel & Temple Get League Wins; Villanova Takes Soccer Six Game

Week of September 17 – 23, 2018

DREXEL 6 – 1 – 1 Overall, 1 – 1 – 0 CAA

Results – Lost 2 – 0 vs. Bucknell, Won 3 – 2 (OT) vs. Elon at The Vidas Athletic Complex

Summary – The Dragons ended non-conference play.  It was a big week for Mathias Ebbesen, the Soccer Six Co=Player of the Week, who scored three goals, the biggest was an overtime penalty kick to defeat Elon in the 93rd minute.  Ebbesen has 7 goals this season.  Laolu Dranijo and Francisco da Palma also found the back of the net against Elon.  Stephen Kopsachilis turned in his third clean slate of the season blanking the Bison.

Next Game – 9/26 at Hofstra

LA SALLE 2 – 6 – 0 Overall, 0 – 0 – 0 Atlantic 10

Results – Lost 3 – 2 at Villanova, Lost 2 – 1 at LIU Brooklyn

Summary – After falling behind Villanova who got the first two scores, La Salle rallied to cut the gap to one on two different occasions.  But the Explorers could not overcome the lead.  The same situation haunted La Salle at Brooklyn.  The Black Birds took the lead in the 66th minute and kept the Explorers away despite getting away 4 shots in the last 6 minutes.  Soji Olatoye, Bryce Gabelhart, and Hayden Criollo posted goals for La Salle over the two games.

Next Game – 9/29 vs. VCU in the Tailgate Series

PENN – 2 – 1 – 3 Overall, 0 – 0 – 0 Ivy League

ResultsTied 0 – 0 (2 OT) at Marist

Summary – It was another scoreless draw for the University of Pennsylvania in successive games.  Five of six matches for Penn have gone into extra time.  Goalie Scott Forbes faced 21 shots, a season-high, and made 5 saves.  It was his fourth shutout of the year, and has a 0.59 Goals Against Average this season.

Next Game – 9/25 vs. Bucknell at Rhodes Field

SAINT JOSEPH’S  6 – 3 – 0 Overall, 0 – 0 – 0 Atlantic 10

Results – Won 5 – 0 vs. VMI at Sweeney Field, Won 2 – 0 at Fairfield

Summary – The Hawks remained unbeaten at home when the offense exploded in a 5-goal win against VMI.  Leon Marcic got it started when he scored his 5th goal of the season in the 28th minute.  Ritchie Barry, Alvin Dahn, Eddie McCusker and Matt Mullock added goals.  At Fairfield Dahn and Frantz Pierrot found the back of the net.  It was two straight shutouts for goalie Joseph Boehm, the Philadelphia Soccer Six Rookie of the Week.

Next Game – 9/29 at Duquesne

TEMPLE 3 – 4 – 1 Overall, 1 – 0 – 0 AAC

Results – Won 1 – 0 vs. UCF at the Temple Sports Complex

Summary – The Owls won their American Conference opener shutting out Central Florida.  Lukas Fernandes scored in the 22nd minute, and goalie Simon Lefebvre made 7 saves in getting his second clean slate of the season, and won the Defender of the Week award in the Soccer Six.  Lefebvre sports a 0.80 Goals Against Average.  The regulation victory ended a streak of 4 consecutive overtime games.

Next Game – 9/26 vs. Villanova at the Temple Soccer Complex

VILLANOVA 5 – 3 – 0 Overall, 0 – 2 – 0 Big East

Results – Won 3 – 2 vs. La Salle, Lost 1 – 0 vs. #12 Creighton at the Higgins Soccer Complex

Summary – The Wildcats jumped out to a 2 – 0 lead, then held off La Salle to post a Soccer Six victory.  Zach Zandi got it started for Villanova at the 8:19 mark.  Goals by Yusuf Cuecoeglu enabled the Cats to keep a goal advantage and the margin of victory.  He was named the Philadelphia Soccer Six Co-Player of the Week.  Villanova lost its first home game of the season against nationally-ranked Creighton.  A Blue Jays goal off a scrum in the 69th minute was the decider.  Nova will play on North Broad Street before resuming Big East play, where Cats are looking for their first win.

Next Game – 9/26 at Temple

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