September 26, 2021 –
Drexel Wins Both Games of the Week; La Salle, Penn, Saint Joseph’s, and Villanova Split the Week
In a week where most of the teams split the weekly slate of games the Drexel Dragons won both of their games. Both games were on the road, but Drexel won 1 – 0 at Columbia, then beat the College of Charleston. The win over Columbia was the first road win for Drexel. The Dragons had an 8 – 0 edge in shots on goal. Tiago Teixeira scored in the 29th minute. In the CAA win both Drexel goals were in the second half. Chris Donovan and Kyle Tucker scored within 4:16 of one another to erase a Charleston lead. The University of Pennsylvania Quakers split the week losing a tough 1 – 0 game at Rutgers, who remains unbeaten. The goal came in the 60th minute by Anthony O’Donnell. The Red and Blue rebounded with at 1 – 0 win at home over Monmouth. Isaac McGinnis scored in the 10th minute with Ben Stitz getting the assist. The Villanova Wildcats fell 4 – 0 at Penn State, but came home to post a 1 – 0 Big East win over Butler. The loss at Penn State ended a three-game winning streak for the Wildcats. The Bulldogs had a huge shot advantage at 25 – 4 and 7 – 4 on goal. However, Villanova had the only goal. Seidu Shamsudeen scored it in the 81st minute with Jorge Garcia assisting. Both the La Salle Explorers and the Saint Joseph’s Hawks split their week of games. And both won the non-conference road game, then lost their league games. La Salle won 2- 1 at NJIT when Nigel Buckley got the game winner in the 83rd minute. The win broke a two-game losing streak. But the Explorers were beaten 3 – 0 at Duquesne as all goals were scored in the first half. Saint Joseph’s and Princeton were tied at 2 at halftime. The Hawks posted the game winner in the 70th minute when Matias Mancini scored. He turned in a three-point performance. SJU fell behind 2 – 0 against UMass. Garrett Lyons converted a penalty kick in the 70th minute, but the Hawks would get no closer. The Temple Owls lost an American game at UCF by a 4 – 1 score in their sole game of the week. Mike Eijgendaal tied the game in the 38th minute, but the Knights scored 3 unanswered goals in the second half. This was the first league road game for the Owls.
Conference play takes center stage this week. Drexel hosts Elon. La Salle has VCU for a visit. Penn begins Ivy league play at home against Cornell. Temple has Memphis coming to town. Villanova takes to the road going to Xavier. Saint Joseph’s plays a non-conference game on Hawk Hill with Hofstra.
Games of September 20 – 26, 2021
DREXEL 4 – 4 – 0 Overall, 2 – 1 – 0 CAA
Results – Won 1 – 0 at Columbia, Won 2 – 1 vs. College of Charleston
Summary – Goalie Stephen Kopsachilis did not have to make a save at Columbia. Donovan recorded 4 shots on goal. He scored his 5th goal of the season in the victory in Charleston.
Next Game – October 2 vs. Elon at Vidas Field
LA SALLE 3 – 6 – 0 Overall, 0 – 2 – 0 Atlantic 10
Results – Won 2 – 1 at NJIT, Lost 3 – 0 at Duquesne
Summary – Daniel Kim also scored in the win over NJIT. The Explorers were outshot 23 – 15, 13 – 5 on goal on the bluffs overlooking Pittsburgh. Goalie Carlos Mora made a career-high 10 saves.
Next Game – October 2 vs. VCU at McCarthy Stadium
PENN – 4 – 2 – 1 Overall, 0 – 0 – 0 Ivy League
Results– Lost 1- 0 at Rutgers, Won 1 – 0 vs. Monmouth
Summary – Penn was on the bad side of a 1 – 0 game, then on the good side of a 1- 0 game. Dane Jacomen posted a shutout for Penn. It was his first of the season and seventh career clean slate. Nick Christofferson played in goal at Rutgers and turned in 4 saves.
Next Game – October 2 vs, Cornell at Rhodes Field
SAINT JOSEPH’S 3 – 6 – 0 Overall, 1 – 1 – 0 Atlantic 10
Results – Won 3 – 2 at Princeton, Lost 2 – 1 vs. UMass
Summary – Four Saint Joseph’s players recorded a point at Princeton. In addition to Mancini, Blake Driehuis and James Fletcher scored goals. Lars Haavia saved 5 Minutemen shots.
Next Game – September 28 vs. Hofstra at Sweeney Field
TEMPLE 1 – 3 – 2 Overall, 0 – 2 – 0 AAC
Results – Lost 4 – 1 at UCF
Summary – The Owls were outshot 15 – 5 and 6 – 3 on goal. UCF is on a three-game winning streak. Temple seeks their first AAC win this season.
Next Game – September 29 vs. Memphis at the Temple Soccer Complex
VILLANOVA 6 – 2 – 0 Overall, 2 – 0 – 0 Big East
Results – Lost 4 – 0 at Penn State, Won 1 – 0 vs. Butler at the Higgins Soccer Complex
Summary –At Penn State the Nittany Lions put two goals on the board in each half. Peter Mangione scored three goals. Kent Dickey played in goal against Butler earning his initial collegiate shutout.
Next Game – October 2 at Xavier
Written By: Glenn Papazian