La Salle’s Winning Ways Continue
Games of October 2 – 8, 2023
October 10, 2023 –
The La Salle Explorers are on a winning streak and have the best record in the city. In the A10 La Salle is in second place, a point behind league leading Saint Louis. Fellow Atlantic 10 mate Saint Joseph’s also picked up a victory this past week. Overall, it was a tough week for the Philly D1 schools as they post a 2 – 5 – 3 record over that span. Let’s pay attention to the details.
La Salle Explorers (7 – 5 – 2, 5 – 1 – 0 Atlantic 10)
La Salle posted a big victory defeating the George Mason Patriots 5 – 0 at McCarthy Stadium. The 5 goal output was the largest this season for the Explorers who have won their last five games. The edge in shots for LSU was 22 – 3 and 13 – 2 in shots on goal. Corner kicks went in the favor of the Explorers 10 – 1. Junior goal keeper Michela Auguadro registered her fifth straight shutout. La Salle goals were scored by; junior forward Haley Gschrey, senior forward Madison McCready who had two goals the first of her career, sophomore forward Justyce Hollenbach, and sophomore midfielder Elizabeth Estrada. Gschrey and McCready had an assist along with senior forward Caitlyn Donovan. McCready also set a career-best in shots with 5 and on goal with 3. Hollenbach is the team leader in goals getting her 5th and has a team-best 10 points. In the league the sophomore ranks fourth in goals scored. On Thursday Fordham comes to 20th and Olney.
Saint Joseph’s Hawks (3 – 6 – 6, 3 – 1 – 3 Atlantic 10)
A win and a tie is the record this week for Saint Joseph’s who defeated George Mason and played the Duquesne Dukes to a scoreless draw. The Hawks are unbeaten in 5 of their last 6 games. In the replay of the abandoned game Saint Joe’s earned a 2 – 0 win over Mason. SJU got an own goal, then sophomore forward Natalee Vicari scored in the 89th minute. Vicari put up a team-high 5 shots. Senior goal keeper Katie Cappelletti turned in her fourth clean slate. Saint Joe’s was outshot 11 – 7 and 5 – 3 on goal, but Cappelletti made 5 saves in the 0 – 0 tie with Duquesne. Senior midfielder Nicole Angelini led the team with 3 shots. Cappelletti now stands at 5 shutouts this year. The Hawks did not allow a goal over the week. Currently, Saint Joe’s is in sole possession of 5th place in the conference. Saint Joseph’s goes to Fordham on Sunday.
Villanova Wildcats (4 – 3 – 6, 1 – 3 – 1 BIG EAST)
In two BIG EAST games at the Higgins Soccer Complex Villanova played the Butler Bulldogs to a 1 – 1 tie. Later the Creighton Bluejays scored twice in the second half to hand the Wildcats a 2 – 1 defeat. Butler held the lead until the 88:24 mark when Villanova junior forward Lauren Belcuore scored. This is her first goal of the season and came off a scramble in the box. Defender Abby Hanks got the assist. Nova led Butler 11 – 3 in shots. Against Creighton it was Villanova who got the early lead on a goal by forward Jackie Richards, who had a team-high 5 shots. Junior forward Megan Donnelly assisted on the goal. In the second half the Bluejays got both scores. The game-winner came at the 68th minute unassisted by Alyssa Judkins. Villanova is on the road on Thursday visiting #12 Georgetown.
Drexel Dragons (5 – 7 – 3, 1 – 5 – 3 CAA)
Drexel went on the southern road trip in the CAA facing the Campbell Camels and the Elon Phoenix. The Dragons lost 3 – 2 at Campbell, but came back to get a 1 – 1 tie at Elon. The draw broke a two-game losing streak for the Dragons. It was a 2 – 1 lead for Drexel at halftime over Campbell. The Camels responded with goals in the 81st and 89th minute by forward Alyssa Tucker to earn the victory. The Dragons goals were scored by junior forward Casey Touey and forward Isabel Kuzy who scored 24 seconds into the game. At Elon sophomore forward Elise Duffy knotted the game in the 70th minute off a set piece assisted by defender Lily Dunbar. A three-game road trip ends for Drexel on Thursday at Stony Brook. The Dragons are 5 points out of a playoff spot in the CAA, and must pass five teams. Wins are needed.
Temple Owls (2 – 8 – 3, 0 – 4 – 0 The American)
The Owls are looking for their initial win in the league as they fell 4 – 0 at East Carolina. ECU outshot TU15 – 7 and 9 – 3 on goal. The Pirates put three goals on the board in the second half, their first coming 21 seconds after halftime. Freshman goal keeper Tamsin Bynoe made 5 saves in 62 minutes of play. Temple will host Rice on Thursday at the Temple Sports Complex.
Penn Quakers (5 – 6 – 2, 0 – 3 – 1 Ivy League)
The University of Pennsylvania played two Ancient Eight games and dropped both. Early in the week Penn suffered their first loss at Penn Park 1 – 0 against Princeton. The Tigers had a 16 – 5 edge in shots, and the goal was scored 53 seconds into the second half. Senior goal keeper Laurence Gladu made 4 saves for the Red and Blue. Over the weekend the team traveled to Providence and lost 2 – 1 to #21 Brown. The golden goal was scored by Brittany Raphino in the 51st minute. Junior forward Megan Lusher got the Quakers goal assisted by sophomore midfielder Mallory Lucas. Brown had a 17 – 9 edge in shots, 8 – 6 on goal. Gladu saved 6 shots, and she has given up 10 goals this season. It was a productive week for Penn freshman forward Abbey Cook who had 6 shots, 2 on goal. The Red and Blue seek their first Ivy win on Saturday when Dartmouth comes to University City.
Written By: Glenn Papazian