Penn Gets a Big Win Over Penn State, Drexel Wins Its First CAA Game of the Year
Games of September 6 – 12, 2023
September 10, 2023 –
The third weekly recap of the Philly D1 men’s soccer slate of games. The week was the locals post a 3 – 2 – 1 record collectively. The biggest wins came from the University of Pennsylvania who defeated Penn State and Drexel who knocked off Campbell to get their initial league win. Let’s look at the details.
Penn Quakers (1 – 2 – 0)
The Red and Blue won its first game of the season defeating #14 Penn State in University Park by a 3 – 0 score. Senior midfielder Michael Hewes posted a second half hat trick in the 65th, 72nd, and 89th minute. His last goal of the game came off a penalty kick. Senior goalie Nick Christoffersen got a shutout making 6 saves in the game, the second most as a collegian. The Nittany Lions had a 17 – 9 edge in shots, but the Quakers were ahead in shots on goal 7 – 6. This game was the first hat trick for Hewes, and was the first win for the program at Penn State. Penn heads to Rider for a Tuesday night game.
Drexel Dragons (2 – 1 – 1, 1 – 1 – 0 CAA)
The Drexel Dragons earned CAA win number one of the season defeating Campbell 3 – 2 in the home opener at Vidas Field. The Dragons erased a 2 – 1 deficit with two goals in the 82nd and 86th minute to earn the win. Freshman defenseman Julian Jordheim tied the game at the 81:47 mark off a corner kick. Just under 4 minutes later junior forward Giancarlo Vaccaro netted the game-winner with a shot to the goalie’s left assisted by Jordheim. Graduate midfielder Antonio Illuminato assisted on both of those goals. Graduate midfielder Harrison Coron scored the other Dragons goal late in the first half. Drexel had 9 shots, 4 on goal, while Campbell was efficient with 5 shots, all the required a save. Drexel travels to New England to play UMass Lowell on Tuesday.
Saint Joseph’s Hawks (2 – 3 – 0)
Saint Joseph’s won on the road defeating Army 3 – 2 on the West Point. Junior forward Blake Driehuis recorded a hat trick, the first in program history since 2017, to provide the margin of victory. Driehuis scored the game-winner for the second consecutive game, this one off a penalty kick in 83rd minute. The Hawks overcame a 2 – 1 deficit when the midfielder got the ball over the oncoming goalie at the 74:55 mark. Graduate midfielder Alex Hood got the assist. The Hawks have won back to back games and netted 6 goals over that span since starting the season without a goal over 304 minutes. Driehuis has 4 goals over the season. Delaware comes to Hawk Hill for a game on Tuesday.
Villanova Wildcats (0 – 2 – 2)
Villanova outshot FDU 30 – 7 and 13 – 4 in shots on goal. The Wildcats did everything but put the ball into the net and came away with a scoreless draw at the Higgins Soccer Complex. The advantage in shots was 19 – 3 in the first half for Nova. Junior forward Balthi Saunders took 7 shots 2 of which were on goal. Both senior midfielder Dominic Cyriacks and freshman middie Belmar Joseph each took 4 shots. Joseph was efficient as all his were on goal. League play begins for Villanova when Butler comes to visit.
La Salle Explorers (3 – 1 – 1)
The unbeaten streak for the Explorers came to an end on Saturday when they fell to the Quinnipiac Bobcats 3 – 0 at McCarthy Stadium. The game was delayed by two-hours due to lightening in the area. The Explorers held a 15 – 6 shots advantage, 12 – 3 in the second half. Freshman midfielder Yuval Nimordi led the team with 3 shots. Senior midfielder Omri Ezra and sophomore Stian Viske both had 2 shots, and one on goal. The Explorers led 7 – 1 in corner kicks. Quinnipiac had two goals to take control in the first half scored within 31 seconds of one another with the first coming at 23:50. On Tuesday La Salle heads to NJIT for a match.
Temple Owls (0 – 2 – 2)
The Owls fell behind 3 – 0 at halftime in a 4 – 1 loss to American at the Temple Sports Complex. Freshman midfielder Elias Betancourt scored the Temple goal, the final one of the game, in the 73rd minute. The Owls have scored three goals this season, all by freshman players. Temple did outshoot American 11 – 8, and 6 – 5 on goal. Nine Owls recorded at least one shot. Betancourt had 2 both on goal. Freshman defenseman Nikolai Zapolskikh matched that total. The Cherry and White took 6 corner kicks to 2 for the Eagles. Temple plays at St. John’s on Monday. Conference play begins over the weekend.
Written By: Glenn Papazian