Philly Men’s Soccer Recap – Week 2

Philly D1 Schools Post a 3 – 6 – 1 Record in Games of August 30 to September 5

September 7, 2023 –

The La Salle Explorers continue to be undefeated this season. The Saint Joseph’s Hawks not only won their first game of the year, they recorded their first goal. Let’s look at the details for Week 2 of the men’s soccer campaign.

La Salle Explorers (3 -0 – 1)

During the week the Explorers won both games on the schedule; a 2 – 0 win at Monmouth then defeated Lehigh 1 – 0 at home, their third straight shutout. The team is experiencing its best start in over 15 years. At Monmouth defenseman Evan Watt scored his first career goal at 4:57. Fellow back liner Paolo Kampula also found the back of the net in the 39th minute. Goalie Filiip Sabatti made 7 saves. At home it took a penalty kick by Omri Ezra in the 85th minute to make the difference against Lehigh. So, the Explorers post wins over the Hawks and the Mountain Hawks. The next La Salle game is on Saturday when they host FDU.

Saint Joseph’s Hawks (1 – 3 – 0)

The Hawks earn win number one and goal number one of the season. The team began the week with a 1 – 0 loss to Boston U. at home on a goal by Daniel Kim in the 11th minute. Saint Joe’s had a chance in the last seconds of the game when Fletcher Caponecchia had a shot, but it did not get through.

Finally, the scoreless streak ended at 304 minutes when forward Bart Kooistra scored a goal. In an explosive offensive performance he scored two goals and added an assist on the score by midfielder Blake Driehuis in the 3 – 1 win on North Broad Street over the Temple Owls (0 – 1 – 2).

Saint Joseph’s has won 3 of the last 4 games against Temple. The Owls had a 13 – 11 advantage on shots, but the Hawks were ahead 8 – 5 in shots on goal. Temple freshman Gudmundur Neilsson scored the lone goal for the Cherry and White off a corner kick in the 59th minute.

Saint Joseph’s plays at West Point on Friday. Temple hosts American U. the same day.

Villanova Wildcats (0 – 2 – 1)

The Wildcats got a tie and a loss over the week. Villanova was downed 4 – 1 at NJIT. The team returned home for a Labor Day game against Michigan State. The team treated the home town fans with a 1 – 1 draw. The Wildcats took a 1 – 0 lead against the NJIT Highlanders on a goal by forward Vincent Petrera just 12 seconds into the game. The Highlanders got the next three in the first half to seize the advantage. Nova had more shots, 13 – 10, and 8 came from forward Balthi Saunders. Returning home for the holiday Villanova was heavily outshot by the Michigan State Spartans 27 – 11 and 7 – 4 on goal. But goals are what count. Saunders scored on a penalty kick at the 4:17 mark to give the Cats a lead until the Spartans tied it in the 38th minute. Goalie Kent Dickey had 6 saves on a very hot day as the Wildcats experienced a draw. Villanova hosts FDU on Saturday.

Drexel Dragons (1 – 1 – 1 , 0 – 1 – 0 CAA)

The conference schedule is underway for the Drexel. In a game at post-hurricane Charleston the league opener went to the College of Charleston Cougars 2 – 1. Dragons midfielder Harrison Colon tied the game in the 78th minute when the sent a header into the lower right side. But the game was decided in the 90th minute on a penalty kick goal by Charleston. Drexel hosts Campbell on Saturday at Vidas Field.

Penn Quakers (0 – 2 – 0)

A tough opening of the season for the University of Pennsylvania as they were on the losing side of the ledger with a pair of one-goal losses at Fordham (2 – 1) and Hofstra (1 – 0)r. In the Bronx forward Stas Korzeniowski tied the game at the 22:01 mark. The Rams would get the game-winner 46 seconds later. On Long Island the Pride got the difference making score at the 6:44 mark. Then the game settled into a defensive battle as there would be a total of 5 shots that required a save, one by the Red and Blue net minder Nick Christoffersen. Penn has a game on Friday at Penn State.

Written By: Glenn Papazian


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