The Philly D1 Teams Go 4 – 5 – 1 Over the Week
September 5, 2023 –
Our teams continue their non-conference schedule. Over the previous week Villanova and Temple did not taste defeat. La Salle and Drexel each posted a victory. Let’s take a look at the details.
Villanova Wildcats (3 – 0 – 2)
The Wildcats continue their unbeaten streak getting a 1 – 1 tie at Bucknell, then finished the road trip with a 3 – 0 win at George Mason. Forward Makayla Stadler scored just 52 seconds into the second half at Bucknell. But the Bison would answer just less than 10 minutes later to even the score. Forward Rylee Donaldson and defender Olivia Packer assisted on the Stadler goal. At George Mason the three goals for Villanova came off headers, two by forward Jackie Richards and one by Alex Little. The 3 – 0 win is the first shutout by goalie Payton Woodward. Nova will take to the pitch next Sunday at West Virginia.
Temple Owls (1 – 4 – 1)
The Cherry and White earned their first win of the season defeating Lehigh 1 – 0 at the Temple Sports Complex. Forward Nicole Sweeney found the back of the net for the Owls in the 74th minute. Temple had 15 shots in the game, 8 were on goal. Forward Shari Atkins took 4 shots and all were on goal. A road trip is up next as Temple takes the Expressway for a local contest at Saint Joseph’s on September 7th.
Drexel Dragons (4 – 2 – 0)
The team was defeated at Quinnipiac 2 – 1. Forward Annalena O’Reilly scored her fourth goal of the season, and had found the mark in her third straight game. The goal came in the 79th minute. The assist went to midfielder Gabrielle Perrotto. But Drexel could not get the tying score. The team would rebound in their second game of the week in New England, bringing home a 1 – 0 win over UMass Lowell. Perrotto settled the ball off a corner kick and put it in the lower left corner. Goalie Joelle Chase made 4 saves to register her first career shutout. The Dragons start CAA play on September 7 hosting the William & Mary Tribe.
La Salle Explorers (2 – 4 – 0)
The Explorers played in two 3 – 1 games, one on the positive side, the other not so good. La Salle got their first home win of the season defeating Seton Hall. Forward Ricshya Walker netted two goals. The other came off the foot of midfielder Gabby Picco. The Explorers took 6 shots, 5 were on goal. Later Bucknell came to town and won. Midfielder Elizabeth Estrada set career-marks in her Explorers career. She scored her first goal in the 15th minute, the first of the game. Estrada also had a collegiate-best in shots with 4 and on goal at two. La Salle heads to NJIT on Thursday for their next match.
The University of Pennsylvania Quakers (2 – 2 – 0)
Penn suffered two 1 – 0 defeats over the week, both on the road. At St. John’s there were 3 shots for the Red and Blue, just one on goal. The Red Storm had a ball cross the goal line at 34:21. Goalie Laurence Gladu saved a season-high 6 shots at Lehigh, but allowed a goal in the 36th minute. In shots on goal Lehigh had a 7 – 3 edge. The Quakers are winless over their last 16 road contests since 2019. On Thursday Lafayette comes to Penn Park.
Saint Joseph’s Hawks (0 – 4 – 2)
The Hawks are looking for their first win of the season as they dropped a 2 – 1 decision at Lafayette. The Hawks took a 1 – 0 lead on a goal off a turnover by forward San Dumont. The Leopards got two goals in the second half in just over seven minutes of one another for the difference in the outcome. This was the first loss to Lafayette all-time for Saint Joseph’s. City game time next as Temple comes to Sweeney Field on Thursday.
Written By: Glenn Papazian