Wildcats bounce back from loss, sink Pirates



Lindsey Beakes

After beginning the weekend with a 1-0 loss against Georgetown on Friday, the men’s soccer team was looking for redemption. The Wildcats proved their worth by taking down the Seton Hall Pirate’s 4-1 on Sunday night in the muggy conditions of South Orange, N.J.

The game showcased an aggressive Villanova team who knew that simply outplaying the opponent would not suffice. Prior losses against both UConn and the Hoyas have helped the team realize that aggressive offense and scoring are what win games. The offensive attack made by Villanova helped to make them 5-3-1 overall and 2-2-0 in Big East play this season.

Senior Mike Seamon ended his scoring slump and helped to get Villanova’s momentum going early in the game. He had two unassisted goals and added two assists. Seamon took initiative in the first half, starting just after the 12th minute of play, dribbling the ball up the field. From 20 feet outside the net, he buried a shot right behind Seton Hall’s goalkeeper Paul McHenry.

At 42:39, ‘Nova was given a corner kick opportunity, which Seamon took full advantage of. He placed the ball right in the box and gave fellow senior Adam Amann the perfect setup to head the ball into the net, putting the Wildcats ahead by two.

The ‘Cats attack did not stop in the second half and came out looking to add to the 2-0 score. Seamon and freshman Kyle Soroka scored the next two goals before the 60th minute of play, at 58:25 and 59:57, respectively. Seamon recovered a loose ball and dribbled it up field, where he once against put a shot away past McHenry.

Shortly after that, he sent a pass across the box from the right end line to Soroka. The freshman took the direct shot and gave Villanova the four goal lead. The ‘Cats offense finished the game outshooting the Pirates 13 to 9.

On the other end of the field, ‘Nova’s defense was anchored by sophomore Chris Bresnahan in goal. Just before the 78th minute, Villanova faltered slightly, when a cross deflected off of a Villanova player into the ‘Nova goal, putting Seton Hall on the scoreboard.

Backup goalie, sophomore John Fogarty, made his collegiate debut in the last 12 minutes of play and kept the ‘Cats up by three goals to clinch the 4-1 win.

Villanova’s challenging schedule resumed last night with a non-conference away game against Lafayette. On Saturday, Big East play starts again for the team as they take on opponent and Final Four team, St. John’s.