Philly College Men’s Soccer Week in Review – Games of October 1 – 7, 2018


Saint Joseph’s Upsets Nationally Ranked Fordham, Villanova Gets A Share of the Soccer Six Title

Week of October 1 – 7, 2018

DREXEL 7 – 3 – 2 Overall, 1 – 3 – 1 CAA

Results – Won 3 – 2 at Rutgers, Lost 2 – 1 vs. #12 UNCW at Vidas Field

Summary – The Dragons were beneficiaries of an own goal twice.  However, they split the week winning at Rutgers, then were handed a heartbreaking loss against nationally-ranked UNCW.  Drexel was even with Rutgers at the half.  The game was decided in the 59th minute when the Scarlet Knights deflected the ball into their net.  At home against UNCW the game appeared to be headed for the win column, the Dragons leading by an own-goal.  In the 83rd minute the Seawolves scored twice to steal the victory.  UNCW had a 22 – 10 shot advantage.  Goalie Stephen Kopsachilis made 10 saves.

Next Game – 10/10 vs. Delaware at Vidas Field

LA SALLE 2 – 8 – 1 Overall, 0 – 2 – 1 Atlantic 10

Results – Tied 2 – 2 (2 OT) at Saint Joseph’s, Lost 4 – 2 at Saint Louis

Summary – The tie at Saint Joseph’s gave Villanova at least a share of the Soccer Six title.  On Hawk Hill both teams scored in the 63rd minute leading to the draw.  Soji Olatoye had both goals for the Explorers.  Even game? Tied on the scoreboard, 18 each in shots, and LSU leading 6 – 4 in shots on goal.  On the road La Salle got 9 saves from Cameron Keys.  Fridtjof Andberg scored his first collegiate goal in winning the Soccer Six Rookie of the Week award.  Sam Decencio also scored, but it was not enough as the team could not overcome 3 goals by Saint Louis in the second half.

Next Game – 10/10 vs. George Mason at McCarthy Stadium

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

ResultsLost 2- 0 vs. Columbia at Rhodes Field

Summary – The University of Pennsylvania lost its second straight game, and dropped their first game at Rhodes Field.  Columbia got goals in the 35th and 40th minute by Dylan Mott and Nike Azuma to seal the victory.  The Quakers step out of the Ancient Eight in the next game against UMBC before returning to league play at Dartmouth.

Next Game – 10/9 vs. UMBC at Rhodes Field

SAINT JOSEPH’S  7 – 3 – 2 Overall, 1 – 0 – 2 Atlantic 10

Results – Tied 2 – 2 (2 OT) vs. La Salle, Won 3 – 2 (OT) vs. #21 Fordham both at Sweeney Field

Summary – Twice Saint Joe’s went into overtime during the week.  The Hawks rebounded after a tie with La Salle to defeat nationally raked Fordham.  It was the first conference win for the Hawks.  Derek MacKinnon scored two times during the week; a game-tying score against La Salle, and a lead goal in the Fordham game.  He was named the Philadelphia Soccer Six Player of the Week.  The Hawks would need a strong defensive effort to pull off the upset, and got it from Mike Fornaro.  The Soccer Six Defender of the Week kicked the ball away from the net in the 75th minute preventing a Fordham goal.  Alvin Dahl netted the game-winner against the Rams, and has a Soccer Six-best 18 points on 6 goals and 6 assists.

Next Game – 10/10 at Davidson

TEMPLE 4 – 5 – 3 Overall, 1 – 1 – 1 AAC

Results – Won 3 – 1 at NJIT, Tied 1 – 1 (2 OT) vs. Memphis at the Temple Sports Complex

Summary – The Owls got a win and a tie.  Against the Highlanders goals by Pierre Cayet (his first), Lukas Fernandes, and Belal Mohamed provided the win.  Fernandes had 5 shots on goal.  He and Cayet scored within 10 minutes of one another.  Jalen Campbell provided the offense in the league draw with Memphis.  Temple had a 20 – 15 edge in shots.

Next Game – 10/12 at South Florida

VILLANOVA 6 – 4 – 1 Overall, 1 – 3 – 0 Big East

Results – Lost 1 – 0 at Xavier

Summary – The Wildcats suffered a tough loss on the road dropping to 1 – 3 in the Big East.  Xavier had a 13 – 8 edge in shots, 4 – 0 on goal.  Goalie Carson Williams made 3 saves.  Samson Sergi scored the only goal in the 5th minute.  Villanova faces a critical conference road game at Georgetown on Saturday.

Next Game – 10/13 at Georgetown

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