PHILLY COLLEGE SPORTS MEN’S SOCCER WEEK IN REVIEW
Villanova Defeats Another Nationally Ranked Opponent, La Salle Off To Best Start Since 2001 Season
Week of September 5 – 12, 2016
DREXEL 0 – 2 – 2 Overall, 0 – 0 – 0 CAA
Results – Tied 1 – 1 (2 OT) vs. Rhode Island at Vidas Field
Summary – A goal by Ben Hemo off a Colin McGlynn corner kick in the 80th minute allowed the Dragons to earn a draw against the visiting Rams of Rhode Island. It was the first collegiate goal by Hemo, and he was honored as the Philadelphia Soccer Six Rookie of the Week. Drexel had opportunities in the overtime. The Dragons were denied on a penalty kick in the first overtime. In the second extra period McGlynn seemed to net the game winner, but he was ruled offside. Drexel goal keeper Tyler Afflerbach made seven saves.
Next Game – 9/13 vs. Temple at Vidas Field
Results – Won 4 – 3 (OT) at Saint Peter’s, Won 3 – 0 vs. Manhattan at McCarthy Stadium
Summary – The Explorers are off to their best start since the 2001 season winning twice this week. They win in dramatic fashion tying the game in the 90th minute on a goal by Joe Bianco. Billy McCarthy supplied the game winner four minutes into the overtime. Matt Robinson assisted on all four goals in that game and another against the Jaspers to earn the Philadelphia Soccer Six Player of the Week award. It was a bit easier against Manhattan as Conor Nichols, Hayden Criollo, and Johnny Ciarlante found the back of the net, all in the second half.
Next Game – 9/13 at James Madison
PENN – 0 – 1 – 3 Overall, 0 – 0 – 0 Ivy League
Results – Lost 3 – 0 at #14 Creighton. Tied 2 – 2 (2 OT) at Nebraska-Omaha
Summary – The Quakers played 110 minutes for the third time this season coming away with a draw against the Mavericks of Nebraska – Omaha. The Red and Blue presently has more tie games than any season since 2009. Earlier Penn fell for the first time this season at Creighton. A two-goal flurry by Creighton in a 2:37 span in the second half was the difference in the game. Penn had two leads against Nebraska on goals by Matt Poplawski and Sam Wancowicz. The Mavericks scored the equalizer in the 79th minute. Quakers goalie Etan Mabourakh kept the tie going as the last 11 shots of the game belonged to Nebraska – Omaha.
Next Game – 9/17 vs. La Salle at Rhodes Field
SAINT JOSEPH’S 1 – 3 – 0 Overall, 0 – 0 – 0 Atlantic 10
Results – Won 1 – 0 at Howard
Summary – SJU got their first win of the season by getting the only goal of the game in the 6th minute. Matt Crawford scored it. The Hawks had 7 shots in the match, 5 on goal. Crawford had 4 shots, 3 of which were on net. Goalie Greg O’Connell registered his first collegiate shutout making four saves.
Next Game – 9/17 vs. Navy
TEMPLE 4 – 1 – 0 Overall, 0 – 0 – 0 AAC
Results – Lost 2 – 0 at Rider
Summary – The Owls tasted defeat for the first time this season despite outshooting the Rider Broncos 19 – 11. Temple put 8 shots on goal, but none got by the keeper. Rider got the game-winner from Rob Nardiello in the 54th minute. Adrien Huss added the insurance goal less than 10 minutes later. During that play Owls goalie Alex Cagle was out of the net and suffered an injury that left an open net.
Next Game – 9/13 at Drexel
VILLANOVA 3 – 2 – 0 Overall, 0 – 0 – 0 Big East
Results – Won 2 – 1 vs. Navy, Won 2 – 1 at #22 Delaware
Summary – The Wildcats won both games this week, and took down another ranked team. John Jlopleh and Lucas Hayes scored against Navy. Padraic McCullaugh and Miguel Polley scored second half goals to lift Villanova over Delaware. Will Steiner had 7 saves in the win in Newark, one off a penalty kick. For the week Steiner made 9 saves and was named the Philadelphia Soccer Six Defender of the Week.
Next Game – 9/17 at Butler