WSOC: G’Town halts ‘Nova win streak at seven

Kate McAvey

The women’s soccer team’s seven-game win streak ended after a 3-0 loss to the Georgetown Hoyas on Sept. 19 at the West Campus Soccer Complex. The game was Villanova’s first league game this season, and only the second time that the Hoyas have defeated the ‘Cats.

Georgetown came out strong, owning a 6-3 shots-on-goal advantage during the first 45 minutes of play. Toni Marie Hudson put the Hoyas on the board at the 7:37 mark. Kelly D’Ambrisi dribbled to the top of the box and swiftly passed the ball to Caitlin Durkee, who spotted Hudson in front of the net. Hudson strategically headed the ball past junior goalie Molly Williams for the first point of the contest.

There was a glimpse of hope for ‘Nova when sophomore Rachel Schuyler nearly tied the game off a corner kick during the 18th minute. There was no such luck for Villanova though, as the shot that appeared to slip into the net was later ruled a no goal by the officials. The Wildcats trailed until halftime and came out hoping to take the lead in the second half, having experienced multiple come-from-behind victories already this season.

The Wildcats outshot their opponents 9-5 in the second period but had no luck sneaking the ball past the goalie. At 66:30, the Hoyas stretched their lead to 2-0 with a goal right in front of the net. Georgetown’s third and final goal sailed into the net during the 77th minute, shattering Villanova’s undefeated run.

Overall, the Wildcats outshot the Hoyas 12-11. Williams had four saves for the ‘Cats, while Hoya goalkeeper Jackie Desjardin earned two for the day. Schuyler had a team-high four shots on goal, while freshman Katherine Nagy followed with two.

The Wildcats did not find their rhythm in league play, falling to Rutgers 5-0 on Sept. 22 at Yurcak Field in Piscataway, N.J.

In the 11th minute of game play, the ‘Cats committed a foul. Immediately following the penalty, the Scarlet Knights opened up their rally of scoring off of a header by Alicia Hall. Rutgers scored two more goals in the 27th and 32nd minutes, respectively, gaining a significant lead before halftime.

Villanova tried to rally during the latter half, with nine out of its 12 shots coming in the second half. Senior Erin Hardiman had three shots on goal for ‘Nova, and junior Jessica Carnevale had two shots that almost went in the net.

In the 56th and 68th minute, the Scarlet Knights produced their last goals, and the Wildcats could not get on the scoreboard.

Junior goalkeeper Molly Williams earned two saves on the day, but the ‘Cats’ lack of offense placed them at 0-2 in conference play.

The Wildcats travel to Baltimore tomorrow to take on Loyola, Md. of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference at 4 p.m. – K.M.