Philly College Men’s Soccer Week In Review – Games Of November 1 – 6, 2016


La Salle and Villanova Enter Conference Championship Play, Penn Sets A Program Record For Ties In A Single Season

Week of November 1 – 6, 2016

DREXEL 1 – 14 – 2 Overall, 0 – 8 – 0 CAA

Results – Lost 1 – 0 at College of Charleston

Summary –  The season came to an end for the Dragons with a loss in South Carolina.  Drexel goalie Tyler Afflerbach turned in 7 saves, the third consecutive game in which he turned in seven or more saves.  The senior finished his career with 256 saves, sixth most in program history.  Charleston hada 13 – 5 edge in shots. and got the only goal of the game from Paul Burdick in the 52nd minute.

Next Game – 2017 Season Opener

LA SALLE 10 – 7 – 1 Overall, 5 – 3 – 0 Atlantic 10

Results – Tied 1 – 1 ( OT) at Hartwick, Won 1 – 0 vs. Massachusetts at McCarthy Stadium

Summary  –  The Explorers earned the #3 Seed in the Atlantic 10 Championship where they will meet Rhode Island.  La Salle got their seed by defeating Massachusetts 1 – 0.  Matt Robinson scored at the 31:01 mark.  Goalie Mike Kirk had his 15th career shutout making 6 stops.  Prior to the UMass game the Explorers scored in the 88th minute when Colman Kennedy found the back of the net off a free kick and a scramble.  Hartwick scored in the 83rd minute.  It was the only draw of the season for La Salle.

Next Game – 11/10 Atlantic 10 Quarterfinal vs. #6 Seed Rhode Island

PENN –5 –5 – 6 Overall, 3 – 2 – 1 Ivy League

Results – Tied 2 – 2 (2 OT) at Princeton

Summary – The University of Pennsylvania fought back from a one-goal deficit twice to earn a tie at Princeton.  It was their 6th draw of the season, a new program record and currently ties for the most draws in the NCAA.  Matt Poplawski tied the game at one-all scoring in the 14th minute.  Alec Neumann tied it again at the 66:05 mark.  Each game-tying goal came within 7 minutes of the lead goal.  With Harvard cancelling the remainder of its season, the Quakers and the Columbia Lions will play at Roberts Stadium on the campus of Princeton University.

Next Game – 11/9 vs. Columbia at Princeton

SAINT JOSEPH’S  6 – 11 – 1 Overall, 3 – 5 – 0 Atlantic 10

Results –  Lost 3 – 1 at Yale

Summary – In the final regular season game the Hawks dropped a 3 – 1 decision in a non-conference game.  Mike Stuski scored for SJU in his final collegiate match.  Fellow senior Ted Foley got the assist in his finale.  It was the first goal of the game in the 13th minute.  Yale scored twice in the first half to take a 2 – 1 halftime lead, and control of the game.  Saint Joe’s finishes the season with a 6 – 11- 1 record, 3 – 5 in the Atlantic 10.  The Hawks did not qualify for the conference championship tournament.

Next Game – The 2017 Season Opener

TEMPLE 10 – 6 – 2 Overall, 2 – 3 – 2 AAC

Results – Lost 1 – 0 at USF

Summary – The Temple Owls outshot the regular season conference champion USF Bulls, but fell on a goal by Luis Garza in the 64th minute.  Owls goalie Alex Cagle made 3 saves.  This marks the second consecutive 10-win season for Temple.  The Cherry and White did not make the American conference championship field finishing a point behind UCF, the fourth seed.

Next Game – 2017 Season Opener

VILLANOVA 10 – 6 – 2 Overall, 5 – 3 – 1 Big East

Results – Won 2 – 1 vs. Seton Hall at the Higgins Soccer Complex

Summary –  The Villanova Wildcats picked up their 6th consecutive home victory getting two second half goals in the regular season finale win over the Seton Hall Pirates.  With the win Villanova gets the #3 Seed in the Big East Conference Championships.  Trailing 1 – 0 at halftime Eric McKenna and Miguel Polley got goals for Nova.  Polley netted the game-winner in the 86th minute.  Villanova begins conference championship play vs. #6 Seed DePaul at home.

Next Game – 11/6 Big East Quarterfinal  vs. #6 Seed De Paul at The Higgins Soccer Complex


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