Philly College Men’s Soccer Week in Review – Games of September 24 – 30, 2018


Villanova Earns the Only City Win of the Week

Week of September 24 – 30, 2018

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

Results – Lost 1 – 0 at Hofstra, Tied 0 – 0 (2 OT) at the College of Charleston

Summary – It was the first weekend road trip for the Dragons.  They came away with a loss and a tie, but were scoreless over the two-game span.  On the bright side they gave up but a single tally.  Hofstra posted their fifth shutout in the past six games.  Goalie Stephen Kopsachilis made a total of 10 saves over the weekend.  Mathias Ebbesen took a game-high 5 shots at Charleston, and Kwesi Allen took four shots.  Drexel plays a non-conference match at Rutgers on Tuesday.

Next Game – 10/2 at Rutgers

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

Results – Lost 2 – 0 vs. VCU at McCarthy Stadium

Summary – In what was called the Tailgate Series the Explorers gave up an early goal and a late goal falling to the VCU Rams 2 – 0.  La Salle was out shot 6 – 3, 3 – 1 on goal.  Tarin Morris forced the VCU goalie to make his only save.  The Explorers have lost their last seven games.  They look to end that streak on Hawk Hill.

Next Game – 10/3 at Saint Joseph’s

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

ResultsLost 1- 0 (2 OT) at Cornell

Summary – The University of Pennsylvania played six overtime matches this season.  They have won 2 and tied 3, and now lost one in the Ivy curtain raiser at Cornell.  The Big Red scored in the 103rd minute by Emeka Eneli.  The teams have gone to overtime three straight years.  Penn goalie Scott Forbes made a career-high 11 saves.  His shutout streak of 392 minutes ended that day.  For his efforts Forbes was named the Philadelphia Soccer Six Defender of the Week.  Earlier in the week Penn had a game vs. Bucknell cancelled due to weather.  The Red and Blue host Columbia in their Ivy home opener.

Next Game – 10/6 vs. Columbia at Rhodes Field

SAINT JOSEPH’S  6 – 3 – 1 Overall, 0 – 0 – 1 Atlantic 10

Results – Tied 2 – 2 (2 OT) at Duquesne

Summary – The Hawks took to the road for the A10 initial game.  Goalie Jason Boehm turned in a career-high 13 saves to help Saint Joe’s earn a 2 – 2 tie on the Bluffs.  Saint Joseph’s held a 2 – 0 halftime lead on goals by Ritchie Barry, his fourth of the year, and Frantz Pierrot, his third.  The Dukes got a goal early in the second half, then tied the game in the 60th minute.  Boehm recovered and made three more saves before the end of regulation.  SJU midfielder Aldan Watkins hit the post in overtime, the only Hawks shot in extra time.  The Dukes had only one shot on goal as well in the first overtime.  Neither team recorded a shot on goal in the last 15 minutes.  Saint Joe’s hosts La Salle in an A10 and Soccer Six match on Wednesday.

Next Game – 10/3 vs. La Salle at Sweeney Field

TEMPLE 3 – 5 – 2 Overall, 1 – 1 – 0 AAC

Results – Tied 1 – 1 vs. Villanova at the Temple Sports Complex, Lost 1 – 0 at Cincinnati

Summary – The Owls and Wildcats played a played to a 1 – 1 tie in a 75-minute match shortened by lightning in North Philly.  Lukas Fernandes scored in the first half for the Temple goal.  Villanova got their score in the second half.  Returning to conference play the Cherry and White lost a one-nil match at Cincinnati on a goal just 6 minutes into the game by Rex Epps.  Temple pays another non-conference game before returning to American matches.

Next Game – 10/3 at NJIT

#13 VILLANOVA 6 – 3 – 1 Overall, 1 – 2 – 0 Big East

Results – Tied 1 – 1 at Temple, Won 1 – 0 vs. DePaul at the Higgins Soccer Complex

Summary – The Wildcats played the Owls to a tie in a game shortened by sever weather.  Each team scored a goal.  Yusuf Cueceoglu, the Soccer Six Player of the Week, got the Villanova score in the 54th minute.  Nova returned to Big East play and got their first conference win over DePaul.  Kian Zapata put a header home in the 76th minute for the victory, Cueceogle got the assist.  It was his first collegiate goal.  Goalie Carson Williams recorded a shutout in a game where DePaul had the advantage early, Villanova late.  Williams had 9 saves over the week and was named the Philadelphia Soccer Six Rookie of the Week.  The Wildcats got a much-needed home conference win, and now go on the road to Xavier.

Next Game – 10/6 at Xavier

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