Philly Men’s Collegiate Soccer Weekly Review

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Villanova wins big in the East, Saint Joseph’s wins in the Atlantic 10, Penn undefeated in the week

The Wild Cats of Villanova started the Big East game and begins with a 1-0 victory at Marquette. Balthi Sanders continued his streak of scoring goals by getting the only one in the contest in 28e minute. The Wildcats are on a 3 game winning streak. The Penn quakers remained undefeated during the week securing a tie and a win in the home stand. The Rouge et Bleu earned a double overtime draw against Loyola and then beat Mount Saint Mary’s 5-1. Joey Bhangdia tied for his third goal of the season with Loyola. Matt Leigh assisted twice in that game, then followed with a goal against the Mount. Ben Stitz scored one goal and three assists in the victory. Leigh and Stitz lead Penn in the standings with 9 points each. The The falcons of St. Joseph clinched a victory in their Atlantic 10 opener welcoming George Mason by a score of 3 – 1. The Hawks’ three goals were scored in the second half after falling 1-0. Tevin Lessey, Chris Hunt and Omry Perel have found the bottom of the net. Earlier in the week, Saint Joe’s lost 2-1 to Rutgers. The Temple Owls had a marquee match scheduled against the top-ranked Georgetown, but the match was postponed due to COVID protocols. The match will be rescheduled. The Owls returned to the field over the weekend but lost to # 18 SMU in a Championship game by a score of 4-1. Nigel Griffith scored his second goal of the season for the Cherry and White. The Drexel Dragons saw their modest two-game winning streak come to an end as Hofstra claimed a 2-1 CAA victory. The Dragons got a goal from Kyle Tucker in the 88e minute to get closer, but did not get the equalizer. The Explorers of La Salle lost their first Atlantic 10 game 2 – 1 to Fordham. The Rams’ tying goal was marked by the dreaded home goal. Earlier in the week, the Explorers twice had a one-goal lead at LIU, but couldn’t hold them. The hosts have scored the last two goals. Junior Nare scored one goal in both games.

Next week, all six schools will play road games next time around. Temple has the longest trip to Orlando for a game with UCF. Villanova plays at Penn State. The other schools are on a New Jersey / New York trek. Penn is going to Rutgers, La Salle is to NJIT, and Saint Joseph is going to Princeton for the New Jersey part. Drexel crosses the Hudson for a match with Columbia.

Games from September 13 to 19, 2021

DREXEL 2 – 4 – 0 Overall, 1 – 1 – 0 CAA

Results – Lost 2 – 1 in Hofstra

Summary – Dragons goalie Cameron Sanders saved four of six shots on goal. Both teams registered 14 shots.

Next game – September 21 at Columbia

LA SALLE 2 – 5 – 0 Overall, 0 – 1 – 0 Atlantic 10

Results – Lost 3 – 2 to LIU, Lost 2 – 1 to Fordham

Summary – Daniel Kim passed the ball over the goal line for the explorers at LIU. The winner of the game came in this game came in the 60e minute. The golden goal for Fordham was scored in the 64e minute.

Next game – September 21 at NJIT

PENN – 3 – 1 – 1 overall, 0 – 0 – 0 Ivy League

Results – Tied 2 – 2 (2 OT) against Loyola, won 5 – 1 against Mount Saint Mary’s

Summary – Bhangdia leads the Quakers with 3 goals. In the draw with Loyola Bhangdia gave Penn a lead. Whenever the hosts took the lead, the Ramblers tied the game within minutes. Charlie Gaffney had Penn’s other score. Loyola tied the game in the 75e minute. Mount Saint Mary’s tied the score at one hour of the game over the weekend. Then the Quakers responded with 4 unanswered goals. Leigh got the initial goal, then was joined by Kai Lammers, Michael Hewes. Ben Stitz and Stas Korzeniowski in the score column.

Next game – September 20 at Rutgers

SAINT JOSEPH 2 – 5 – 0 Overall, 1 – 0 – 0 Atlantic 10

Results – Lost 2-1 to Rutgers, won 3-1 against George Mason

Summary – The Hawks went their separate ways during the week, but the victory was in a conference game. At Rutgers, Alex Hood scored his first college goal in the 88e minute to bring Saint Joseph nearby. Ola Maeland assisted on both Scarlet Knights goals. Nico Rosamilia scored the eventual winner of the match.

Next game – September 21 at Princeton

TEMPLE 1 – 2 – 2 Overall, 0 – 1 – 0 AAC

Results – Lost 4 – 1 against # 18 SMU

Summary – SMU scored twice in the first half within 5 minutes apart. Temple got his goal from Griffth, assisted by Mike Eijgendaal, to close the lead to 2 – 1. The Mustangs added two more in the second half after the Owls scored. SMU had an 8-3 advantage in penalties. Temple played without goalkeeper Eoin Gawronski who is sidelined with a season-ending foot injury.

Next match – September 24 at UCF

VILLANOVA 5 – 1 – 0 Overall, 1 – 0 – 0 Grand Est

Results – Won 1 – 0 in Marquette

Summary – Carson Williams made six saves, including a few stellar second-half saves to earn his second shutout of the season.

Next Game – September 21 at Penn State


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