The Philadelphia Soccer Six championship was decided this week. The title will be shared by the Villanova Wildcats and the University of Pennsylvania Quakers.
Penn earned their share of the crown with a 1 – 0 overtime win at Drexel. If the Dragons won, they would have won a share of the title. If the game was tied, Villanova would own it outright. It was a rainy night in West Philadelphia, perfect conditions for a scoreless draw. That almost happened, but in the 97th minute freshman Jack Rosener scored his first collegiate goal to win it for Penn. Not one to rest on their laurels the Quakers went in their next game and defeated nationally ranked Yale 1 – nil in double overtime when Brandon Bartel converted a penalty kick in the 107th minute. It was the first win for Penn over a ranked opponent since 2010. The Quakers are in a second-place tie in the Ivy League.
Another team making a late season run is the Temple Owls who won back to back 2 – 1 games over Louisville and Connecticut. The Owls winning streak is at four games. Lukas Fernandes scored the game-winner in Louisville in the 87th minute. In getting their first ever win over UConn, goals from Mickael Borger and Pierre Cayet, his in the 61st minute, supplied the offense. Temple secured a bid to the American post-season tournament.
The La Salle Explorers split the week’s slate of games winning at George Mason, but falling at home to UMass. The win broke a three-game losing streak for the Explorers who got goals from Sam Decencio and Omari Cotterell. La Salle in in a four-team tie for 6th place in the Atlantic 10. Only two more spots are open for the conference tournament.
Drexel still has a chance of making the CAA Tournament holding the sixth spot, but suffered a damaging 3 – 1 loss at UNCW. Joey Martini tied the game in the 55th minute, but UNCW untied it 5 minutes later. The post season hopes for the Dragons comes down to the finale against Delaware.
Hopes for a berth in the Big East Tournament are sinking for Villanova who suffered conference two shutout losses to Providence and Butler. The loss in Indianapolis was in the 103rd minute. Goalie Carson Williams recorded 13 saves over the two games.
The Hawks of Saint Joseph’s were eliminated from playoff contention after losing twice this week. Two second half goals by GW proved to be the difference in Washington. At home Dayton game Matt Mullock tied for the Saint Joe’s in the 82nd minute, but Jonas Fjeldberg won it for the Flyers with 4:46 left in regulation.
The upcoming games for this week features Villanova hosting Georgetown, and Drexel has a visit from Lafayette in a non-conference game. The others go on the road. La Salle is at St. Bonaventure, Penn goes to Brown, Temple has a match in Tulsa, and Saint Joseph’s travels to UMass. The games with high post-season implications are for La Salle and Penn. Villanova and Drexel hope to stay alive. Temple wants to continue their late season momentum.
DREXEL 5 – 8 – 2 Overall, 2 – 4 – 1 CAA
Results – Lost 1 – 0 (OT) vs. Penn, Lost 3 – 1 at UNCW
Summary – The Dragons could not get a shot on net in the second half or in overtime against Penn. The critical Delaware game is on November 2nd. Drexel gets in tune up with a non-conference home game against Lafayette.
Next Game – 10/29 vs. Lafayette
LA SALLE 7 – 8 – 1 Overall, 3 – 4 – 0 Atlantic 10
Results – Won 2 – 0 at George Mason, Lost 3 – 2 vs. UMass
Summary – Carlos Mora made 5 saves to get his second shutout of the season at Mason. Ike Hollinger and Nigel Buckley found the back of the net in the Dayton game. That game was tied at halftime.
Next Game – 11/2 at St. Bonaventure
PENN – 6 – 5 – 2 Overall, 2 – 1 – 1 Ivy League
Results – Won 1 – 0 (OT) at Drexel, Won 1 – 0 (2 OT) vs. #24 Yale
Summary – Penn did not allow a shot on goal in the second half or the overtime period in the Drexel game. Nick Christoffersen recorded a shutout in getting his first collegiate win. Dane Jacomen returned to the nets against Yale and made 4 saves in posting his fourth clean slate of the season.
Next Game – 11/2 at Brown
SAINT JOSEPH’S 5 – 11 – 1 Overall, 1 – 6 – 0 Atlantic 10
Results – Lost 2 – 0 at George Washington, Lost 2 – 1 vs. Dayton
Summary – Goalie Joseph Boehm faced 24 shots from Dayton and made 6 saves.
Next Game – 11/2 at Massachusetts
TEMPLE 7 – 6 – 1 Overall, 3 – 1 – 1 AAC
Results – Won 2 – 1 at Louisville, Won 2 – 1 vs. UConn
Summary – The game winner by Fernandes was assisted by Borger and Sean Karani. Goalie Simon Lefebvre has not allowed more than one goal per game in the month of October. The Owls are tied for third place in the conference standings.
Next Game – 11/1 at Tulsa
VILLANOVA 8 – 7 – 1 Overall, 1 – 5 – 1 Big East
Results – Lost 2 – 0 vs. Providence, Lost 1 – 0 (2 OT) at Butler
Summary – The Wildcats are on a three-game losing streak, and have two games left in the regular season. They were outshot 41 – 22 over the week, 16 – 5 on goal.
Next Game – 11/2 vs. Georgetown