Games of September 11 – 17, 2023
September 18, 2023 –
The week saw a composite record of 2 – 4 – 5 for our local D1 women’s soccer teams. Saint Joseph’s and Villanova had an unblemished span of games. There were two derbies as well, and the University of Pennsylvania was involved in both. Let’s take a look at the details.
Villanova Wildcats 1 Penn Quakers 1
There were no goals until the last 10 minutes of the game. Villanova struck first at the 80:37 mark when forward Jackie Richards scored her fourth goal of the season on header off a corner by junior forward Megan Donnelly. Richards is the co-leader in goals for Nova. Penn answered one minute and ten seconds later. Freshman forward Abbey Cook got her first career goal redirecting a ball in front from senior forward Paige Kenton. Villanova had 4 shots on goal compared to 2 for Penn. It was the first game for the Red and Blue that did not end in a 1 – 0 score. Villanova continues to be undefeated over seven games this season and ten straight since the last three season games of 2022.
Temple Owls 2 Penn Quakers 1
This is the second win of the season for Temple. All goals came in the second half. Owls defender Beky Myers scored her third goal of the season converting a penalty kick at 63:10. The Cherry and White followed up with a score in the 80th minute when freshman forward Yazmeen Smith put the ball into the upper left corner. The assist was credited to defender Anna-Lena Stein. Penn got a proximity goal in the 85th minute. Senior midfielder Lauren Teuschl scored her second of the season. The two goals by the Owls represented the first time this year that the Quakers surrendered multiple goals. Temple goal keepers Tamsin Bynoe and Taylor Vecchione made 6 saves each. The Red and Blue had a 13 – 6 edge in shots on goal. Penn (4 – 3 – 1) starts Ivy League play on Saturday at Columbia.
Saint Joseph’s Hawks (1 – 5 – 4, 1 – 0 – 1 Atlantic 10)
The Hawks got their first win of the season and it was in a conference game. Saint Joe’s went to Richmond and brought home a 3 – 2 victory when senior midfielder Maddie Anderson scored twice in the last 15 minutes of the game, the firsts of her career. All goals were scored in the second half. Sophomore midfielder Natalee Vicari assisted on both goals sending a centering pass on to the foot of Anderson. In the 56th minute Hawks senior defender Chloe Khelil gave her team the lead off a scrum in front of the goal. Richmond answered back getting the next two. Earlier in the week Saint Joe’s started A10 play tying the Rhode Island Rams on Sweeney Field. No goals were scored. SJU goalie Katie Cappelletti registered shutout number 17 which is now a program record. Over the week she saved 8 shots. Saint Joseph’s continues league play on Thursday at Loyola of Chicago.
Villanova Wildcats (3 – 0 – 5)
The Wildcats continue their undefeated streak of games getting a draw in both games of the week, their fourth tie in the last five games. Villanova hosted Cornell, their second Ivy opponent of the week. The game ended in a 1-all tie. Cornell took the lead in the fifth minute when Mia Gonzalez found the back of the net. Nearly 23 minutes later the Wildcats tied the game on a goal by forward Makayla Stadler, her team-high tying fourth of the season. The assist went to freshman defender Ire Omotayo whose free kick was headed in by Stadler. This concludes the non-conference schedule for Villanova who hosts Seton Hall next Sunday.
Temple Owls (2 – 5 – 3, 0 – 1 – 0 American)
Temple opened their American schedule earlier in the week. The University of South Florida Bulls came to the Temple Sports Complex and took home a 2 – 1 victory. USF scored both its goals in the first half. They outshot Temple 10 – 3 in the opening 45 minutes. Overall the shots were 19 – 9 in favor of USF. Temple broke through to get a goal by forward Nicole Sweeney in the 63rd minute on a penalty kick. Owls senior goalie Vecchione made 9 saves. Temple goes to Boca Raton, FL to play FAU in a conference game on Thursday.
Drexel Dragons (3 – 3 – 4, 0 – 1 – 3 CAA)
The Dragons suffered a loss, but rebounded with a draw over the week. Drexel fell 3 – 2 at Hofstra. The Dragons got a proximity goal in the 75th minute from forward Isabel Kuzy. It was her second of the season with forward Meg Tate getting the assist. In the first half Drexel tied the game at one-each when forward Annalena O’Reilly scored off a penalty kick. The teams tied in shots getting off 13 each. The Dragons returned home for a game with Delaware that resulted in a one-to-one tie. Early in the second half UD took a lead on a Morgan Tilley goal. In the 75th minute Dragons freshman forward Liv Brocious took a pass from senior defender Maxwell Madison and put the ball in the upper right corner. The Dragons heavily outshot the Blue Hens 15 – 3 and 4 – 2 on goal. All four corner kicks were taken by the hosts. The Drexel returns to the pitch on Sunday at Towson.
La Salle Explorers (2 – 5 – 2, 0 – 1 – 0 Atlantic 10)
In their only contest of the week La Salle went to Saint Louis to start their Atlantic 10 slate of games. The #24 Saint Louis Billikens, the Atlantic 10 defending champions. The nationally ranked Billikens won it 4 – 0 with all goals coming in the second half. La Salle got 8 shots in the game, 3 on goal. Junior defender Olivia Vricella get 3 shots for the Explorers, 2 on goal. Both marked career-highs for Vricella. La Salle travels to the nations capital on Thursday to play George Washington University.
Written By: Glenn Papazian