Win over Delaware keeps women’s soccer undefeated



Joe DeNicholas

Having not played a home game in over two weeks, the women’s soccer team looked on with ease as they dominated play on the West Campus field.

The Wildcats defeated the Delaware Blue Hens 2-0 in convincing fashion last Sunday. Freshman Heidi Sabatura and sophomore Katie Ryan tallied for the Wildcats. The victory marked the fourth-straight season the ‘Cats have gone undefeated through their first seven games. With the win, Villanova became the only remaining undefeated Big East squad.

Sabatura started the scoring off for Villanova, dribbling into the box and sliding a shot by Blue Hen keeper Annie Bevan with 15 minutes left in the first half. The goal was her fourth of the season. Villanova has outscored the opposition 9-0 in first halves this year and has scored in 13 of the 14 halves played this season.

The Wildcats outshot the Blue Hens 18-13.

The Blue Hens were able to put together several strong counterattacks, but to no avail. Bevan played admirably, making five saves for the Blue Hens, but it was not enough to stop the Villanova frontline.

Villanova goalkeeper Molly Williams made four saves in the contest. Williams has a .93 goals-against average in six starts this season. The shutout marked the second clean-sheet victory for Villanova this season. The other clean-sheet win was against Temple in their 4-0 season opener.

Ryan gave the ‘Cats their second tally. Senior defender Samantha Moskal played the ball to the outside, where Ryan met it in front of the net and buried it in the bottom left corner. The goal marked a team-high seventh goal of the season. It was her sixth goal in seven games. She has also scored at least one point in as many games.

The assist was Moskal’s first career point and she made her second start in a row on Sunday. Moskal also made several great plays on the defensive end, including blocking a goal which prevented the Blue Hens from tying the game in the second half.

Undefeated Villanova will open up conference play when they square off against Georgetown tomorrow in Washington, D.C. The last time the teams met, Georgetown edged the ‘Cats by a score of 3-0.