Philly College Men’s Soccer Recap – Week 8

Games of October 10 – 15, 2023

October 16, 2023 –

Our locals complied a 4 – 4 – 3 record over the week. The Cherry and White of Temple went on the road and got a big win over the Orange of Syracuse. There were two victories on the ledger for the Drexel Dragons. Let’s take a look at what happened over the week.

Temple Owls (2 – 5 – 4, 1 – 2 – 2 The American)

Temple had the lead at Syracuse. The #18 Orange tied the game at a goal each on the 87th minute. The Owls would respond 1:16 later when sophomore defenseman Rocco Haeufgloeckner scored in transition to secure the upset victory. This is his initial collegiate goal. Sophomore midfielder Felix Ewald assisted on the goal. He has recorded a point in four straight games and has 8 points to top the team in that category. This is the first win over a nationally ranked team for the Owls since a 4 – 1 win over #23 Tulsa in 2021. Sophomore midfielder Lleyton Imparato got the first goal for the Cherry and White in the 36th minute. Temple returned to league play and tied South Florida 1 – 1. Freshman forward Juan Zepeda got the team goal at the 7:48 mark. Senior goalie Andrew Kempe saved 4 shots. Looking towards the future Temple plays at Stony Brook on Tuesday before moving back into AAC games at Memphis on Saturday.

Drexel Dragons (7 – 1 – 4, 3 – 1 – 3 CAA)

A sweep for Drexel who defeated Lehigh 4 – 0, then downed UNCW 2 – 0 both at Vidas Field. Six different Dragons found the back of the net. Against Lehigh goals were scored by Antonio Illuminato, Yassine Elkahloun, Stephen Appiah, and Carles Aliberch. Giancarlo Vaccaro and Joshua Pulla got the ball over the goal line in the UNCW game. Goalies Raphael Bartell and Alessandro Capogna brought home a clean slate. The Dragons are unbeaten at home over 12 consecutive matches. The four goals in the Lehigh game is their largest offensive output of the season. Drexel sits in second place in the CAA, and has clinched a playoff berth. It is non-conference action next as the team travels to West Point to take on Army on Tuesday.

Penn Quakers (3 – 3 – 5, 1 – 1 – 2 Ivy League)

The University of Pennsylvania did not lose over the week, but did not win either. Penn played to two draws; 1 – 1 against Monmouth, and 0 – 0 at Brown. Senior midfielder Michael Hewes got the only goal of the week, and that came in the 65th minute of the Monmouth game. The Red and Blue had the lesser number of shots at Brown 4 – 2. Goalie Nick Christoffersen made 4 saves in each game. Penn hosts Lehigh on Tuesday.

La Salle Explorers (5 – 6 – 3, 1 – 3 – 2 Atlantic 10)

On the positive side La Salle posted a 1 – 0 win at Lafayette. On the negative side the team fell 2 – 0 at St. Bonaventure. Junior forward Sean Yurgel scored the only goal of the week. That came in the 33rd minute in Easton when the ball went into the lower right corner. It was his third of the season. St. Bonaventure scored early and late to get the win. Rafael Pereira got a goal in the 19th minute, then Dean Mercer sealed it in the 83rd. Sophomore goalie Filip Sabatti made 3 saves in each game. La Salle has their next game on Saturday when they host George Washington. The Explorers sit 4 points out of an Atlantic 10 Championship berth with 3 more league games to play.

Saint Joseph’s Hawks (3 – 10 – 1, 1 – 4 – 1 Atlantic 10)

In their only game of the week Saint Joseph’s lost 2 – 0 at Davidson. The Hawks had more shots on goal 6 – 4, but the Wildcats had they key stat in those shots that were not saved. Davidson got goals in the 16th and the 82nd minute of play. Bart Kooistra led SJU with 2 shots on goal. Senior Day is on Tuesday when Saint Joe’s hosts Loyola of Maryland.

Villanova Wildcats (1 – 6 – 4, 1 – 3 – 1 BIG EAST)

The Villanova Wildcats lost twice over the week 6 – 4 at Maryland, then 3 – 1 at home versus St. John’s. Villanova did score 5 goals over the week, but did not overcome the 9 goals given up. At Maryland the teams went into halftime even at 3 apiece. But the Terrapins won that second half 3 – 1. In the St. John’s game Villanova tied it just after halftime before giving up the next pair of goals. Over the week the Wildcats were outshot 63 – 20 and 31 – 10 in shots on goal. Nova goalie Kent Dickey recorded 20 saves over the week; 8 at Maryland and 12 in the St. John’s game. Senior midfielder Branden Johns scored in both games, and put in two against the Big Ten opponent. Also scoring for Villanova in that game were junior forward Vincent Petrera and midfielder Gray Ricca. The Georgetown Hoyas await Villanova on Wednesday afternoon.

Written By: Glenn Papazian


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