PHILLY COLLEGE MEN’S SOCCER WEEK IN REVIEW PLUS
A Little Extra This Week as Drexel Posts Lone City Win
Week of October 8 – 16, 2018
DREXEL 8 – 4 – 3 Overall, 2 – 4 – 1 CAA
Results – Lost 2 – 1 (OT) vs. Delaware at Vidas Field, Won 1 – 0 (OT) at Northeastern, Tied 0 – 0 (2 OT) vs. Princeton at Vidas Field
Summary – The Dragons got the cycle this week; a win, a loss, and a tie. Drexel ended their conference home schedule falling to Delaware in overtime, but got a vital 3 points with a win at Northeastern. The Princeton game ended in a scoreless draw. Laolu Daranijo scored the only goal against the Huskies at the 97:10 mark. It was the only win for a city team. He earned the Philadelphia Soccer Six Player of the Week award. Goalie Stephen Kopsachilis recorded his sixth shutout of the season in being named as the Soccer Six Rookie and Defender of the Week. He also scored a point in the Delaware game. The first for a Dragons keeper since 2012. Drexel stays tied with Northeastern for 5th place in the CAA, two points ahead of the next opponent William & Mary. The conference has 6 playoff spots available in the league championship playoffs.
Next Game – 10/20 at William & Mary
LA SALLE 2 – 9 – 2 Overall, 0 – 3 – 2 Atlantic 10
Results – Lost 3 – 0 vs. George Mason, Tied 1 – 1 (2 OT) vs. Davidson both at McCarthy Stadium
Summary – The Patriots of Mason struck early getting a goal in the 20th minute. To that point Explorers goalie Cameron Keys made 5 saves. He had 7 in the game. La Salle bounced back tying Davidson on home turf. Soji Olatoye scored for the Explorers at 12:21, but the Wildcats found the back of the net at 76:40 to get the draw. Keys made 6 saves. La Salle is still looking for their first A10 win. They remain 4 points out a playoff spot, and would need to pass 3 team with 3 league games to play to get into the championships.
Next Game – 10/17 at Dayton
PENN – 2 – 4 – 4 Overall, 0 – 3 – 0 Ivy League
Results – Tied 0 – 0 (2 OT) vs. UMBC at Rhodes Field, Lost 3 – 1 at Dartmouth
Summary – The University of Pennsylvania has yet to win an Ivy League game. The Quakers were downed 3 – 1 by the Big Green. Joe Swenson scored the Penn goal in the 88th minute. In the UMBC game Penn earned their 5th shutout, the most clean slates since 2013. The Red and Blue have 4 scoreless draws, the tops in program history.
Next Game – 10/20 at Yale
SAINT JOSEPH’S 7 – 4 – 2 Overall, 1 – 1 – 2 Atlantic 10
Results – Lost 6 – 2 at Davidson
Summary – The Hawks Kyle Lochbihler scored his first collegiate goal and Nick DeShong made his first NCAA save. But the Hawks fell victim to 6 Wildcats goals, four in the first five minutes. The 6-game win streak for Saint Joe’s came to an end. The Hawks are 1 point behind 4 teams that are tied for 5th place and are just out of an Atlantic 10 playoff spot. There are 4 games left for SJU, three games against teams that are in the 5th place mix.
Next Game – 10/17 at George Mason
TEMPLE 4 – 6 – 3 Overall, 1 – 2 – 1 AAC
Results – Lost 3 – 2 (OT) at USF, Lost 3 – 2 at Pitt
Summary – The Owls were on the losing end of a 3 – 2 decision twice over the week. Temple tied the USF game in the 69th minute on a goal by Nick Sarver, his first. The Bulls untied it in the 83rd minute. Lukas Fernandes and Elias Villegas scored Temple goals in the western part of the state, but fell in a non-conference game. The Cherry and White has not lost by more than one goal all season. Temple and Memphis are tied for 5th place, but Tulsa and Cincinnati remain one-point behind for the sixth seed.
Next Game – 10/20 at UConn
VILLANOVA 6 – 6 – 1 Overall, 1 – 4 – 0 Big East
Results – Lost 2 – 1 (2 OT) at Georgetown, Lost 2 – 1 (2 OT) at UMBC
Summary – The Wildcats dropped two 2 – 1 heartbreaking decisions, both in double overtime. Evan Vare scored in DC in the 78th minute, but the Hoyas won it in the 106th minute for a Big East win. Villanova got a goal from Shane Bradley early in the UMBC game, but gave up a score in the 83rd minute to tie the game. UMBC won in the 105th minute. Nova faces Butler next, both teams tied with 3 points in the standings, one point away from 8th place in the Big East standings.
Next Game – 10/20 vs. Butler at the Higgins Soccer Complex