Philly Women’s Soccer Recap – Week 4

Games of September 7 – 10, 2023

September 12, 2023 –

It can be called the week of the draw as our Philly D1 teams posted a record of 2 – 2 – 7. Yes, seven games of the eleven played went to a tie. There were also three games where local schools faced one another. Let’s look at the details of Week 4 in women’s soccer.

Derbies Over The Week

Temple Owls 1 Saint Joseph’s Hawks 1 – one of the multiple even matches over the week the Owls and the Hawks got a goal each on the pitch at Sweeney Field. Saint Joseph’s scored the first goal of the game 4:28 into the match when senior defender Chloe Khelil headed a corner kick into the net. Senior midfielder Natalie Nevins assisted on the goal. Temple would answer in the 23rd minute. Graduate midfielder Beky Myers put the ball into the upper left corner of the net, her first Temple goal. The Hawks took 13 shots, 9 in the second half, with 7 on goal in the game. The Owls let 12 shots go, 7 in the second half, and 7 total on goal. SJU goalie Katie Cappelletti saved 6 while Taylor Vecchione kept 5 shots from crossing the goal line.

La Salle Explorers 2 Temple Owls 2 – another draw as each team scored twice in the second half at the Temple Sports Complex. The Owls opened the scoring in the first minute after halftime on a goal by junior forward Sumaya Togba. The Explorers answered just over 5 minutes later when sophomore forward Justyce Hollenbach scored one of her two goals putting the ball into the bottom left corner of the goal. Her second score off a rebound turned out to be the equalizer in the 87th minute. The sophomore took 3 shots, all required a save. Temple took the lead at 2 – 1 in the 77th minute as Myers got a goal in her second straight game. Temple had the edge in shots 14 – 11 and 8 – 7 on goal. Michela Auguadro saved 6 for the visitors, while Vecchione stopped 5 shots.

Two games, two ties for the Cherry and White this week. Conference play begins on September 14th when Temple (1 – 4 – 3) hosts South Florida.

Penn Quakers 1 Saint Joseph’s Hawks 0 – The game-winner was scored just over 5 minutes into the second half when Penn junior forward Megan Lusher put the ball onto the upper right corner of the net. It was her first career goal. Goalie Laurence Gladu turned in her 4th clean sheet, and all of the wins for the Red and Blue have been by a 1 – 0 count. Gladu made 2 saves. The Quakers had a solid 20 – 10 advantage in shots, and 10 were on goal. Cappelletti made 8 saves. Saint Joseph’s is looking for their first win of the season. Penn leads the all-time series 7 – 0 – 1. The non-conference schedule ends for SJU (0 – 5 – 3) who host Rhode Island in league play on Hawk Hill.

Other Games Over the Week

Drexel Dragons (4 – 3 – 1, 0 – 1 – 1 CAA)

CAA play opened for Drexel who came away with a loss and a tie. When hosting the William & Mary Tribe at Vidas Field a goal by Dragons junior forward Casey Touey gave her team the lead in the 18th minute. The Tribe got the next two, in the 34th minute and the 59th minute to win 2 – 1. Ivey Crain had a goal and an assist for the visitors, who had a 16 – 11 advantage in shots. Molly Piso and Joella Chase split time as the Dragons goal keeper. Drexel went on the road earning a 2 – 2 tie at Northeastern. Trailing 2 – 1 late in the game freshman forward Ava Boyd scored off a set piece in the 79th minute to even the game at 2-each. The goal came four and a half minutes after the Huskies took the lead. Graduate forward Meg Tate opened the scoring directing the ball into the top left side off a corner kick by graduate defender Lily Dunbar at 20:57. The game went into a weather delay of 47 minutes early in the second half. Drexel plays at Hofstra next on Thursday.

The University of Pennsylvania Quakers (4 – 2 – 0)

Earlier in the week Penn Coach Dr. Krissy Turner recorded her 300th coaching victory when her team downed the Lafayette Leopards 1 – 0 at Penn Park. The Quakers remain undefeated at home this season. The winning goal came at the 40:18 mark when sophomore midfielder Mallory Lucas. Gladu saved 3 shots in recording the shutout. The Red and Blue had a sizable 17 – 4 lead in shots, but it was a level 3 on goal each. Senior midfielder Lauren Teuschl and Lusher got off 4 shots each. Lucas had 3 shots, 2 were on goal. Penn has a derby on Thursday hosting Villanova.

Villanova Wildcats (3 – 0 – 3)

Villanova remains undefeated over the course of the season. This week the team travelled to Morgantown and brought home a 0 – 0 tie with West Virginia. In a defensive battle each squad had only one shot on goal. Nova had 2 shots while WVU got off 8. The hosts recorded an 8 – 4 advantage in corner kicks. This is the first time this season that the Wildcats were held off the scoreboard. Graduate forward Rylee Donaldson and graduate midfielder Alex Fava took the Nova shots. The five-game road trip ends on Thursday when Villanova takes a short ride to Penn.

La Salle Explorers (2 – 4 – 2)

In addition to their city game La Salle earned a 1 – 1 draw at NJIT to have two ties over the week. Graduate midfielder Emily Banashefski got the Explorers goal at 17:06. La Salle held the lead until the 87th minute when Briana Andreoli tied it for the Highlanders. Auguadro saved 5 shots. She had 11 saves over the week. It is Atlantic 10 play next for La Salle who head to Saint Louis for a Sunday game.

Written By: Glenn Papazian


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