PHILLY COLLEGE MEN’S SOCCER WEEK IN REVIEW
Villanova and Drexel Share Philadelphia Soccer Six Championship
Week of October 23 – 29, 2018
DREXEL 9 – 5 – 3 Overall, 2 – 5 – 1 CAA
Results – Won 4 – 3 vs. Saint Joseph’s at Vidas Field
Summary – The Drexel Dragons scored 4 straight goals to take a 4 – 2 lead, then held on for the victory. With the win the Dragons earned a share of the Soccer 6 Title with Villanova. Drexel fell behind 2 – nil in the first 15 minutes. Neil Boyal scored the first goal for the Dragons less than a minute later. Laolu Daranijo, Mathias Ebbesen, and Griffin Mallas followed. Mathias scored his 8th goal of the year and got the assist on the game-winner by Mallas. Ebbesen was named the Philadelphia Soccer Six Player of the Week for his three-point effort against the Hawks. Drexel is tied for the final CAA playoff spot with Elon and Northeastern. Their post-season fate will be decided. Northeastern plays UNCW and with a win or a draw the Huskies will claim the final spot. Drexel holds head-to-head wins against Elon and Northeastern.
Next Game – 11/3 TBD
LA SALLE 3 – 11 – 3 Overall, 0 – 5 – 3 Atlantic 10
Results – Won 2 – 1 (OT) at NJIT, Lost 3 – 0 vs. Fordham
Summary – The Explorers split their final weekend of games. The team got an overtime win at NJIT, then dropped the season finale hosting Fordham. Jesper Lenander and Soji Olatoye scored for La Salle. Olatoye got the golden goal in the 96th minute in the come from behind victory. Freshman goalie Brett Werner got his first win earning the Soccer Six Rookie of the Week honor. Against Fordham goalie Cameron Keys made 7 saves in his final game as an Explorer. Hayden Criollo got the only LSU shot on goal in this game.
Next Game – The 2019 Season opener
PENN – 3 – 4 – 6 Overall, 1 – 3 – 1 Ivy League
Results – Tied 0 – 0 (2 OT) at Temple, Won 2 – 1 (2 OT) vs. Brown at Rhodes Field
Summary – With a share of the Soccer Six title on the line the University of Pennsylvania and Temple went to 2 overtimes, but ended up with a draw that cost both squads a chance of winning the crown. This was the 9th overtime game for Penn, and 5 games have been scoreless draws. Goalie Scott Forbes made 9 saves. He has a Soccer Six leading 0.81 Goals Against Average. The team bounced back to get their first Ivy win in overtime against Brown, the 10th extra session game for the Red and Blue. Jake Kohlbrenner got the winner in the 101st minute. Alex Touche had the other Quaker goal. All 3 Penn wins have been in overtime.
Next Game – 10/30 vs. Delaware at Rhodes Field
SAINT JOSEPH’S 8 – 7 – 2 Overall, 2 – 3 – 2 Atlantic 10
Results – Lost 4 – 3 at Drexel, Lost 2 – 1 at #25 Rhode Island
Summary – In the Soccer Six match that had title implications the Hawks got the first two goals of the game in the first 15 minutes. Drexel scored the next four to take the game and a part of the crown. Ritchie Barry scored twice and Leon Marcic had the other goal. Marcic scored at Rhode Island giving him a Philadelphia Soccer Six best 11 goals this season, but the team fell as the Rams scored twice in the first half. Goalie Joseph Boehm turned in 7 saves. Saint Joseph’s is a point behind Saint Bonaventure for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Atlantic 10.
Next Game – 10/31 vs. Saint Louis at Sweeney Field
TEMPLE 5 – 8 – 4 Overall, 2 – 3 – 1 AAC
Results – Tied 0 – 0 (2 OT) vs. Penn. Won 1 – 0 vs. Tulsa both at the Temple Sports Complex
Summary – A share of the PS6 Championship was at stake for both teams. The result was a scoreless draw. The Owls thought they had the winner with 25 seconds to play in the second overtime when Belal Mohamed got a touch on a ball that crossed the line, but the goal was nullified by an offside call. The Cherry and White won the next game against Tulsa. Lukas Fernandes scored the lone goal of the contest. Goalie Simon Lefebvre posted consecutive shutouts and was named the Soccer Six Defender of the Week. Temple clinched a playoff berth in the American Men’s Soccer Championships.
Next Game – 11/2 at SMU
VILLANOVA 6 – 8 – 2 Overall, 1 – 6 – 1 Big East
Results – Tied 1 – 1 (2 OT) vs. St. John’s at the Higgins Soccer Complex, Lost 1 – 0 (OT) at Providence
Summary – In the midweek game both teams scored in the second half. Yusuf Cueceoglu hit the back ofthe net in the 55th minute to tie the game for Villanova. The Wildcats had a 9 – 5 edge in shots on goal, but tied where it counted against the Red Storm. The game in Providence was played in a heavy rain with wind gusts of up to 40 mph. In the 94th minute Matt DePerro scored to end the game in the Friars favor. Wildcat forward Zach Zandi had 3 shots and the lone shot on goal for his team. Providence had 2 shots on goal. Both goalies made one save.
Next Game – 10/31 vs. Seton Hall at the Higgins Soccer Complex