Games of October 17 – 22, 2023
October 24, 2023 –
For many of the teams this was the last week of the season, and all six squads turned in a record of 3 – 7 – 1. The most successful over the week was the Drexel Dragons who won their last two games of the season. The La Salle Explorers won and tied, and will go to the Atlantic 10 Tournament as the number 2 seed. Fellow Philly rival Saint Joseph’s will play in the league tournament. The Hawks qualify as the number 6 seed. Let’s take a look at the details.
Drexel Dragons (7 – 8 – 3, 3 – 6 – 3 CAA)
The season came to a conclusion for Drexel who defeated UNCW 2 – 0, then thumped Hampton 8 – 1. Forward Delaney Lappin made her mark this season as she set the program record for most career points with 64. She has scored 24 goals and added 16 assists. In the Hampton game Lappin assisted 4 times which is a single game Drexel record. Lappin found the back of the net 8 times this season which is the third most in school history. Six Dragons scored in the game. Forward Casey Touey had two goals to go along with one scored against UNCW. She had 5 shots in thatd contest, all on goal.
La Salle Explorers (10 – 5 – 3, 8 – 1 – 1 Atlantic 10)
La Salle will be playing postseason soccer as they qualify as the number two seed in the Atlantic 10 Tournament. The quarterfinal round game against #7 Rhode Island will take place at McCarthy Stadium on Friday. The Explorers go into the postseason on a 9-game unbeaten streak, 8 wins and a tie. Loyola is the team that earned a draw which happened this week on 20th & Olney, a 0 – 0 tie. This game was the sole Atlantic 10 contest where La Salle was kept off the scoreboard. The regular season concluded with a 2 – 0 win at Davidson. Forward Justyce Hollenbach scored to give her the team lead in goals with six. Fellow front liner Ricshya Walker got her fifth of the year, and it was her first game-winner. Goalie Michela Auguadro turned in her 6th clean sheet.
Penn Quakers (5 – 7 – 3, 0 – 4 – 2 Ivy League)
The Red and Blue played once over the week. They fell to #25 Harvard 1 – 0 in Boston. Quakers Goal keeper Laurence Gladu made 5 saves, but a Crimson goal in the 77th minute was the difference. Penn was outshot 19 – 1 and 6 – 0 on goal. Forward Abbey Cook had the only shot for the Red and Blue. Penn will finish the season at home against Cornell as they seek their first win in the Ancient EIght.
Saint Joseph’s Hawks (4 – 8 – 6, 4 – 3 – 3 Atlantic 10)
Saint Joseph’s did not score a goal over the week losing 2 – 0 at UMass and 3 – 0 versus #22 Saint Louis. The good news for the Hawks is they secured a berth in the Atlantic 10 Tournament as the 6th seed. They will play on Friday at Dayton in the quarterfinal round. Goal keeper Katie Cappelletti was busy in the nets making a total of 19 saves, 13 against Saint Louis, who outshot Saint Joe’s 25 – 2, 16 – 1 on goal. The Hawks only had 4 shots on goal earlier in the week.
Temple Owls (2 – 12 – 3, 0 – 8 – 0 The American)
It was a tough week as Temple did not score a goal. Tulsa won 5 – 0 over the Cherry and White, then unbeaten in conference Memphis won 4 – 0. All of the goals by the Tigers were scored after intermission. The 5 goals given up to the Golden Hurricane tied the Owls season-high in goals allowed. Providence also put up five. Defender Beky Myers had 4 shots over the week, 21 for the year. The season ends for Temple as they go to UAB to try for the first league win of the season.
Villanova Wildcats (4 – 6 – 7, 1 – 6 – 2 BIG EAST)
The week saw Villanova go on the road for games, and they did not get a goal. UConn won 4 – 0 and DePaul earned a 1 – 0 victory. The four goals surrendered in New England was the most goals allowed this season by the Wildcats. DePaul got their goal in the 85th minute. In shots the weekly total was 32 for the opposition, 21 on goal. Nova got 20 attempts and 8 would require a save. The Big East schedule ends on Thursday when Villanova hosts Providence.
Written By: Glenn Papazian