Games of September 25th – October 1st
October 2, 2023 –
A winning week for our Philly D1 women’s soccer teams. The ledger shows a 5 – 4 – 1 record overall, and an even 4 – 4 – 1 week for those in league games. Another good set of games for the La Salle Explorers who won both of their games over the week, and that included a Philly Derby and A10 game with the Saint Joseph’s Hawks. The University of Pennsylvania Quakers won the only out of conference game on the schedule. Posting victories are the Drexel Dragons and Saint Joseph’s. Let’s pay attention to the details.
La Salle 2 Saint Joseph’s 0
It is also an Atlantic 10 victory for the Explorers who scored two goals in the second half to defeat the Hawks on the Sweeney Field pitch. For La Salle it is their fourth straight win, while Saint Joe’s had their four game unbeaten streak come to an end. An own goal put the Explorers ahead in the 49th minute. In the 73rd minute sophomore forward Ricshya Walker got the insurance goal when her shot from inside the box went into the far left post. Senior Caitlyn Donovan got the assist. Walker has 3 goals this season. La Salle junior goal keeper Michela Auguadro got her fourth consecutive shutout win. She has not allowed a goal in her last 375 minutes of play. Hawks goal keeper Katie Cappelletti made a game-high 5 saves. The Explorers had a 17 – 6 advantage in shots, 7 – 4 in shots on goal. Junior forward Haley Gschrey had a game-high 5 shots and junior Sunni DiElmo posted 4 shots, 2 on net. Three SJU players had 2 shots with sophomore forward Natalee Vicari getting both of her’s on goal. George Mason is coming to town this upcoming week playing Saint Joe’s on Wednesday to make up for the abandoned game during Ophelia, then at La Salle on Saturday.
La Salle Explorers (6 – 5 – 2, 4 – 1 – 0 Atlantic 10)
A goal in the 69th minute by sophomore forward Justyce Hollenbach, her fourth of the season, proved to be the difference in the 1 – 0 victory over the VCU Rams at McCarthy Stadium. Senior midfielder Giovanna Castorina assisted. Auguadro made 3 saves en route the the victory. The Rams outshot the Explorers by a 7 – 6 margin, and each team had 3 shots on goal. Corner Kicks favored La Salle 5 – 2.
Saint Joseph’s Hawks (2 – 6 – 5, 2 – 1 – 1 Atlantic 10)
Prior to the derby game the Saint Joseph’s earned a 3 – 1 road win over the George Washington Colonials. The Hawks started quickly getting the initial goal 4:50 into the game. Freshman midfielder Juliette Muro got the ball past the goal keeper. Senior forward Sam Dumont got the assist. Freshman forward Emily Hanrahan put SJU up by two before halftime as she scored inside the left post with fellow freshman midfielder Nicole Everard getting the assist. Natalee Vicari scored the third goal in the 70th minute. The sophomore forward had a game-best 4 shots,3 on goal in addition to the score. A goal by GW defender Margaret Rabbitt stopped a clean slate bid by SJU goal keeper Katie Cappelletti who made 2 saves.
Drexel Dragons (5 – 6 – 2, 1 – 4 – 2 CAA)
Over a two-game home stand over the week Drexel got a win and a loss. Junior forward Casey Touey delivered the only goal of the game in the 6th minute in the win over the College of Charleston. Senior forward Delaney Lappin sent a pass into the box that Touey got to first and chipped it over the goal keeper. The Dragons got 10 shots which doubled the Cougars total. In goal Joella Chase and senior Molly Piso split time with Piso getting 3 saves. The Monmouth Hawks remain unbeaten in the CAA as the Hawks returned home with a 1 – 0 win over the Dragons. Monmouth had an 18 – 15 edge in shots and 10 – 9 in shots on goal, and corner kicks were even at 3 apiece. The only stat that mattered was Hawks midfielder Julia Evernham scored in the 65th minute to provide that margin of difference. Touey had a game-high tying 4 shots, one on goal for the Dragons. Senior midfielder Gabrielle Perrotto had 2 shots both requiring a save. Drexel goes on the road next for a Thursday game at Campbell.
Penn Quakers (5 – 4 – 2, 0 – 1 – 1 Ivy League)
The Red and Blue played the only out of conference game over the week, and remained undefeated at home. In the non-Ivy game Penn got its highest offensive output of the season winning 3 – 0 over the Iona Gaels. It was a quick start for the Quakers netting two goals in the first 14 minutes. Freshman forward Taylor Ferraro got her first collegiate goal, then less than two minutes later senior forward Paige Kenton got her first goal since the 2021 season. Sophomore midfielder Mallory Lucas closed the scoring in the 74th minute with the assist going to Ferraro. Penn dominated getting 26 shots, 14 on goal, while Iona was limited to 2 shots, one that required a save by senior goal keeper Laurence Gladu. It was the 5th shutout of the season for Gladu and 12th in her career which ties Caroline Williams for fourth place in program history. The unbeaten streak remained intact when Yale Bulldogs came to Rhodes Field and played to a 1-all tie. Both goals were scored in the first half. Freshman forward Abbey Cook tied the game for the Quakers in the 31st minute. It was her second collegiate-goal with Lucas assisting on the play. Cook took 5 shots, 2 on net. Gladu made 6 saves. Over the week junior forward Megan Lusher took 10 shots, half of them forced a save by the opponent. The Quakers stay at Penn Park for their next game, a Wednesday match against Princeton. It ends their three game homestand.
Villanova Wildcats (4 – 2 – 5, 1 – 2 – 0 BIG EAST)
Villanova saw their 12-game unbeaten streak dating back to the 2022 season come to an end in Cincinnati losing 1 – 0 to The #24 Xavier Musketeers. The Wildcats put up 5 shots and only one on goal, that by forward Makayla Stadler in the 87th minute. Xavier got 6 shots, 3 were on goal. Staying on the road Villanova dropped their second league game to the St. John’s Red Storm by a 2 – 0 score. Nova did not get a shot on goal, the first time since 2021, and took just 2 shots overall. The Red Storm had 9 shots, 5 on net. The Wildcats did have a 7 – 2 edge in corner kicks, but did not convert. A Thursday game is next as Butler comes to the Higgins Soccer Complex, then Creighton visits on Sunday.
Temple Owls (2 – 7 – 2, 0 – 3 – 0 The American)
The Owls played one time this week and lost 3 – 0 to Charlotte at the Temple Sports Complex. The Owls still seek their first conference win of the season. Charlotte took 13 shots and 8 were on goal. Owls freshman goal keeper Tamsin Bynoe made 5 saves. On offense the Cherry and White got off 6 shots, 3 on goal. Defender Beky Myers and sophomore midfielder Fiona Kilian had 2 and 1 each. The 49’ers took 8 corner kicks compared to 3 for the Owls. On the road next for a Thursday game at ECU.
Written By: Glenn Papazian