Philly Collegiate Men’s Soccer Weekly Review

Drexel Wins Two over the Week,  Penn Defeat Temple in a City Game,  Saint Joseph’s Wins in Conference and in the City in a Single Game

The Saint Joseph’s Hawks won their game of the week and picked up a win in a Philly game and an Atlantic 10 game by a 1 – 0 score at La Salle. The Hawks are unbeaten in four straight games and occupy second place in conference 3 points behind Saint Louis. One league game remains. It was their first win over La Salle since 2008. Alex Hartmann scored off a header early in the match. The Drexel Dragons swept the week schedule defeating NJIT 2 – 1 and Northeastern 2- 0 both at home. Chris Donovan scored in both games. Joey Mancini scored the game-winner against NJIT in the 85th minute. The University of Pennsylvania Quakers got a win and a draw, beating Temple 2 – 1, then played to a scoreless draw against Yale in the Ivy League. Penn is unbeaten in their last four games. The wins were come from behind victories. Matt Leigh won it against the Owls in the 79th minute. The Villanova Wildcats lost in the second overtime to DePaul in the 110th minute on a goal by Omar Ramadan. Anthony Dragisics brought the Cats even in the 78th minute. Nova bounced back with a non-conference win at Northwestern snapping a four-game losing streak. Lyam MacKinnon and Luke Pompliano scored for the Wildcats. The La Salle Explorers dropped both games over the week dropping a 1 – 0 decision to Saint Joseph’s, then lost 3 – 1 at Rhode Island. Junior Nare scored the lone Explorer goal in the 68th minute in Kingston to get the team to within a goal. The Temple Owls had a tough week losing 2 – 1 at Penn, then were shutout 3 – 0 against UCF. Amir Cohen scored his first goal in the 9th minute in University City in the top right corner.

Saint Joseph’s has the only home game next up facing Navy at Sweeney Field. Drexel travel to James Madison. La Salle plays a non-conference game at Columbia. Penn goes to Brown. Temple has a game at Memphis. Villanova returns to Big East play at Providence.

Games of October 18 – October 24, 2021

DREXEL 7 – 6 – 1 Overall, 3 – 2 – 1 CAA

Results – Won 2 – 1 vs. NJIT, Won 2 – 1 vs. Northeastern

Summary – The Dragons are tied for fifth place in the CAA with 2 games left. The top four qualify for the CAA Tournament.

Next Game – October 30 at James Madison University

LA SALLE 4 – 10 – 0 Overall, 1 – 6 – 0 Atlantic 10                                                                                                                                       

Results – Lost 1- 0 vs. Saint Joseph’s, Lost 3 0 1 at Rhode Island

Summary –After Nare cut the gap to one at Rhode Island, the Rams got the insurance goal three minutes later. La Salle has lost 5 of their last 6 games.

Next Game – October 26 at Columbia

PENN – 7 – 3 – 3 Overall, 1 – 2 – 2 Ivy League      

Results– Won 2 – 1 vs. Temple, Tied 0 – 0 (2 OT) vs. Yale

Summary – The Quakers fell behind in the 9th minute to the Owls. Joey Bhangdia tied the game three minutes later. A redirected shot by Leigh decided the game. Penn is in fourth place in the Ancient Eight. The scoreless draw was the first one for the Red and Blue this season.

Next Game – October 30 at Brown

SAINT JOSEPH’S  7 – 8 – 1 Overall, 5 – 2 – 0 Atlantic 10

Results – Won 1 – 0 at La Salle

Summary – Garrett Lyons got the assist on the Hartmann goal. Lyons has a team-leading 12 points.

Next Game – October 26 vs. Navy at Sweeney Field

TEMPLE 2 – 9 – 2 Overall, 0 – 7 – 0 AAC

Results – Lost 2 – 1 at Penn, Lost 3 – 0 vs. UCF

Summary – The Owls are looking for their first win in the American. The Cherry and White have three games left to play. Jalen Campbell assisted on the Cohen goal.

Next Game – October 27 at Memphis

VILLANOVA 9– 6 – 0 Overall, 4 – 4 – 0 Big East

Results – Lost 3 – 2 (2 OT) vs. DePaul, Won 2 – 0 at Northwestern

Summary – Villanova shutout their opponent in their last five wins. Prior to the Battle of the Wildcats, Nova gave up 10 goals in their last four games. Balthi Saunders also scored in the DePaul game.

Next Game – October 30 at Providence

Written By: Glenn Papazian

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