Philly Collegiate Men’s Soccer Weekly Review

Games of September 6 – 12, 2021

The Villanova Wildcats won both games this week including a 2 – 1 overtime win over Soccer Six rival Temple on a Lyam MacKinnon goal off a penalty kick in the 106th minute. The win over Yale was also a 2- 1 game, but it did not require extra time. Balthi Saunders and MacKinnon scored two goals each in the weekly action … The Drexel Dragons got their first wins of the season including a 2 – 0 win over UNCW in CAA play handing the Seahawks their first loss of the season. Chris Donovan got the game winner in the 88th minute on a play after a penalty kick. Five different Dragons scored in a 5 -1 win over St. Peter’s earlier in the week …. The La Salle Explorers played once this week and made it count defeating Rider 4 – 2 getting all their scores in the second half. In the first half La Salle had no shots. Sam DeCencio tied the game at one in the 51st minute, then Junior Nare put the Explorers in front less than four minutes later. After Rider tied the score Franc Gamiz Quer put La Salle in front for good three minutes after. The goals came in bunches ….. The Temple Owls hosted city rival Villanova and fell in the second overtime. Alex Marin gave Temple an early lead scoring in the 19th minute. Goalie Eoin Gawronski made 7 saves facing 14 shots, 9 on goal …. The University of Pennsylvania Quakers split their games. Penn beat Colgate 3 – 0, then lost 2 – 1 against Penn State who won it on a goal by Liam Butts in the 81st minute. It was the first loss of the season for the Red and Blue …. The Saint Joseph’s Hawks dropped a 2 – 1 decision at Cornell. Matias Mancini scored his first collegiate goal for the Hawks tying the game at one in the 66th minute. But Matthew Goncalves put the Big Red back in front 10 minutes later.

The upcoming week sees conference play taking the stage. Drexel goes to Hofstra for their second CAA game. Villanova travels to Maquette in a Big East game. Temple has a marquee event hosting # Georgetown. Penn hosts Loyola, MD at Rhodes Field. La Salle and Saint Joseph’s are on the road. The Explorers go on Long Island to play LIU while the Hawks also head north for a game at Rutgers.

DREXEL 2 – 3 – 0 Overall, 1 – 0 – 0 CAA

Results – Won 5 – 1 vs. St. Peter’s, Won 2 – 0 vs. UNCW

Summary – The initial season victory came against St. Peter’s. Five different Dragons scored in the game, the first time getting five from a quintet of players since a 2010 game against Canisius. Goals were recorded by Chris Donovan, Patrick Murphy, Harrison Coron, Adrian Edo Martin, and Yassine Elkahloun. Drexel scored twice in the second half in the come from behind win over UNCW. The Dragons outshot the Seahawks 21 – 7. Daniel Nessler netted the first goal for Drexel who is unbeaten in the Colonial

Next Game – September 18 at Hofstra

LA SALLE 2 – 3 Overall, 0 – 0 Atlantic 10

Results – Won 4 – 2 vs. Rider

Summary – The Explorers got four second half goals in the win over Rider. Twice La Salle erased a Rider lead. Andrew Wier scored the insurance goal. The Explorers had 7 shots, all in the second half.

Next Game – September 15 at LIU

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

Results– Won 3 – 0 vs. Colgate, Lost 2 – 1 vs. Penn State

Summary – Joey Bhangdia netted 2 goals against Colgate, and Ben Stitz got the other. The Quakers gave up only one shot to Colgate. The Penn State golden goal came off the foot of Liam Butts, one of two Nittany Lions goals in the latter forty-five minutes. Isaac McGinnis put Penn ahead early at the 8:12 mark.

Next Game – September 13 vs. Loyola, MD at Rhodes Field

SAINT JOSEPH’S  1 – 4 – 0 Overall, 0 – 0 – 0 Atlantic 10

Results – Lost 2 – 1 at Cornell

Summary – The Hawks were outshot by the Big Red 21 – 11 and 1 – 8 on goal. The game winner by Cornell was scored in the 76th minute.

Next Game – September 13 at Rutgers

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

Results – Lost 2 – 1 (2 OT) vs. Villanova

Summary – The Owls took an early lead when Alex Martin found the back of the net in the 19th minute. The Wildcats game back with a goal by Balthi Saunders in the 55th minute. Lyam MacKinnon won the game in the 106th minute on a penalty kick. The Wildcats had the edge in shots at 14 – 8 and shots on goal by a 9 – 1 margin.

Next Game – September 14 vs. # 1 Georgetown at the Temple Sports Complex

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

Results – Won 2 – 1 vs. Yale, Won 2- 1 (2 OT) at Temple

Summary – Saunders scored his first collegiate goal against Yale in the 77th minute. MacKinnon has 3 goals and 2 assists this season. Goalie Carson Williams did not record a save at Temple. The Wildcats outshot both opponents this week 24 – 14.

Next Game – September 18 at Marquette

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