La Salle Advances to Atlantic 10 Semifinal Round
October 30. 2023 –
The biggest news of the week is the La Salle Explorers will play in the league tournament semifinal. Second seeded La Salle defeated the #7 Rhode Island Rams 2 – 0 at home. They earn another game on the McCarthy Stadium pitch on Wednesday against #3 seed Dayton Flyers, who defeated the Saint Joseph’s Hawks in the quarterfinal round. Overall our local teams turned in a 2 – 3 – 0 record over week. Yes, no ties! Drexel completed their season last week. Let’s take a look at the details of the last season segment.
La Salle Explorers (11 – 5 – 3)
Another game for the Explorers who will host the Dayton Flyers in the A10 Semifinal on Wednesday. La Salle enters that game on a 10-game unbeaten streak. The team got here with a 2 – 0 win over Rhode Island, the 8th shutout win for goal keeper Michela Auguadro. The Explorers got goals from forward Haley Gschrey (7th) and midfielder Emily Banashefski, who has 10 points this season. In shots LSU had the advantage 13 (6) to 5 for URI. The Rams were efficient as all shots required a save. The conference rules for the post season is that the games will be played at the home of the highest remaining seed. These teams have not played each other since September of 2021. A trip to the league championship is on the line.
Saint Joseph’s Hawks (4 – 9 – 6)
The season comes to an end for Saint Joe’s who fell 1 – 0 at Dayton. The Flyers won the game on a goal in the 87th minute by Madison Wilson who scored on a touch off a pass from Natalie Hegg. Dayton outshot SJU 23 – 5 and 7 – 2 on goal. Midfielder Nicole Angelini had 2 shots for the Hawks, one on goal. Katie Cappelletti made 6 saves for SJU.
Penn Quakers (6 – 7 – 3, 1 – 4 – 3 Ivy League)
The University of Pennsylvania women’s soccer team got two second half goals from forwards Mia Fuss and Abbey Cook to erase a 1 – 0 halftime deficit to win their first Ivy League game of the season. Penn was outshot by Cornell 15 – 9 and 9 – 4 on goal. Goal keeper Laurence Gladu made 8 saves in her final game. Fuss scored her first collegiate goal in the 56th minute. Cook added the insurance tally at the 79:14 mark for her first game-winner.
Villanova Wildcats (4 – 7 – 7, 1 – 7 – 2 BIG EAST)
Providence forward Corinne Dente scored in the 16th minute and that was enough to propel the Friars to a 1 – 0 defeat of the Wildcats at the Higgins Soccer Complex. Villanova had the better of the shooting getting 13 – 11 and those on goal at 5 – 4. But Providence made theirs count more. Nova forward Jackie Richards had 5 shots, 2 requiring a save. For the year Richards contributed 6 goals and 13 points to lead the team. She let 56 shots go, 22 were on target. The Wildcats complete their season setting a single season record with 7 tied games.
Temple Owls (2 – 13 – 3, 0 – 9 – 0 The American)
In the season finale Temple fell 4 – 0 to UAB. The Owls did not win a game in conference. Beky Myers had 3 shots. She has 25 for the year to lead the team, and is tops on the squad with 3 goals and 6 points.
Written By: Glenn Papazian