Games of September 25 – 30
October 1, 2023 –
The week was a tough one for the local teams who posted a 2 – 5 – 1 record overall. In conference games Philly went 1 – 5 – 1. The La Salle Explorers won their Atlantic 10 contest and are undefeated in the league. Posting a win and a tie are the Drexel Dragons whose draw came in CAA play. Drexel has not tasted defeat since September 2nd, going 4 – 0 – 2 over the month. Let’s take a look at the details.
La Salle Explorers (4 – 3 – 3, 1 – 0 – 2 Atlantic 10)
Goals by junior forward Sean Yurgel propelled La Salle to a 2 – 1 win over George Mason on the McCarthy Stadium pitch. The golden goal was scored in the 67th minute. Yurgel scored his first collegiate-goals in the game. The winner came off a corner kick. Senior midfielder Drew Balckwell sent the ball to sophomore defenseman Americo Pereira who back headed the kick to Yurgel who sent it home. Yurgel got the first Explorers goal converting a free kick by Blackwell. Sophomore defenseman Evan Watt took that kick and headed the ball that Yurgel on the doorstep deposited in the net. The goal came in the 16th minute. Sophomore goalie Filip Sabatti picked up his fourth win of the year. La Salle plays a matinee game on Wednesday hosting Loyola of Chicago.
Drexel Dragons (5 – 1 – 3, 2 – 1 – 2 CAA)
Drexel posted a win and a draw over the week. They defeated NJIT 3 – 0, then returned to CAA play. A goal by freshman defenseman Julian Jordheim in the 89th minute tied the game at William & Mary. The Dragons fell behind, tied the game right after halftime, then lost the lead in the 81st minute. That set the stage for the Jordheim equalizer. Senior forward Dominick Bachstein had the other Drexel goal, his fourth of the season. It is also four goals this year for Jordheim. The assist went to junior midfielder Carles Aliberch. Earlier in the week goals by junior defensemen Youri Senden, midfielder Patrick Short, and Bachstein were the difference. against NJIT. Aliberch assisted twice. Goalie Alessandro Capogna made 6 saves for shutout number nine and his 10th win as a Dragon. The Delaware Blue Hens visit Vidas Field on October 7th.
Villanova Wildcats (1 – 4 – 3, 1 – 2 – 0 BIG EAST)
The rain fell and so did Villanova 1 – 0 against the Connecticut Huskies on a goal by Keiran Chandler a minute and a second before halftime. Villanova put 5 shots on goal compared to 3 by UConn, who had 11 corner kicks to 6 by Nova. Both teams battled each other and the rain drops. Junior forward Balthi Saunders had game-high 5 shots, 3 that required a save. The Wildcats suffer their first loss over the last three games. Villanova is off until Saturday when Seton Hall comes to the Higgins Soccer Complex.
Penn Quakers (2 – 3 – 3, 0 – 1 – 1 Ivy League)
The University of Pennsylvania continued play in the Ancient Eight. The Quakers are still looking for that first conference win as they lose 2 – 0 at Dartmouth. All of the goals by the Big Green were scored in the second half. Goalie Nick Christoffersen made 2 saves, both in the latter 45 minutes as Dartmouth did not get a shot on goal in the first half. The ball went over the line within 4:05 of one another in Hanover. The Red and Blue had 15 shots, 6 on goal. Junior forward Stas Korzeniowski had game high in shots and shots on goal at four. Penn returns home for a game against the Big Red of Cornell on Saturday.
Saint Joseph’s Hawks (3 – 7 – 1, 1 – 1 – 1 Atlantic 10)
The Hawks are on a two-game losing streak, both this week and both one goal games. In a non-conference game Saint Joseph’s lost 3 – 2 to Yale at Sweeney Field. in the second game of the home stand the Duquesne Dukes took a 2 – 1 decision. In the game against Yale, Saint Joe’s took an early lead when defenseman Alex Hartmann scored in the 27th minute. Taking a corner kick midfielder James Fletcher sent the ball high. Hartmann headed the ball past the defender for the score. Yale answered by scoring the next three goals. Midfielder Alex Hood got the Hawks to within a goal in the 72nd minute, a header off a cross by sophomore defenseman Philipp Wujewitsch. Later in the week it was back to A10 games. Duquesne midfielder Ask Ekeland scored in the 13th and 17th minute to give the Dukes a lead they would not relinquish. Fletcher got SJU to within a goal in the 54th minute assisted by junior midfielder Truls Braendvang and junior forward Blake Driehuis. It was goal number one of the year for Fletcher. Both teams put 2 shots on goal. Saint Joseph’s have a midweek game next at Fordham on Wednesday.
Temple Owls (0 – 5 – 3, 0 – 2 – 1 The American)
The Cherry and White still seek that elusive first win of the season. The team fell 3 – 1 at Charlotte. Freshman forward Juan Zepeda got Temple to within a goal in the 52nd minute, but the Owls got no closer. Zepeda registered his initial collegiate goal on a header assisted by sophomore midfielder Felix Ewald. Zepeda joins a list of seven other Temple players who scored a goal this season. Charlotte dominated the action getting 17 shots and 8 on goal to 5 and 1. Owls goalie Andrew Kempe made 5 saves. The 49’ers had a 10 – 3 edge in corner kicks. Temple hosts FAU on Wednesday.
Written By: Glenn Papazian