Women’s soccer extends unbeaten record against navy



Christopher A. Smith

Last Sunday at the Glen Warner Soccer Complex in Annapolis, Md., the women’s soccer team kept its record perfect, forging a scoreless tie with the Navy Midshipmen. With the tie, the Wildcats improved their record to 4-0-2 and are 1-0-2 on their current road trip.

Chrissy Dolan was the star once again for the Wildcats, stopping a game-high 13 shots in net, while posting her fourth shutout of the season. The junior goalkeeper has a microscopic .30 goals against average thus far in the 2002 campaign.

She has allowed just two goals in nearly 600 minutes of play this season.

Dolan’s unbeaten career record now stands at 9-0-3. Amazingly, that record includes 10 shutouts.

The Big East Conference again recognized Dolan’s outstanding performance, naming her co-Big East Goalkeeper of the Week for the second consecutive week on Monday.

While Dolan continues to be the ‘Cats’ most valuable player, the contributions of her defenders cannot go unnoticed. Most notably, the play of sophomore Michelle Biehl, senior Jennifer Carrigan and sophomore Patricia Misciagna, who helped keep the unbeaten Midshipmen off the scoreboard in what proved to be an extremely physical contest.

Prior to their tie with Navy, the Wildcats defeated Towson by a score of 1-0 last Friday. With Dolan once again notching a shutout, senior captain Julie Battista provided the only offense necessary. Misciagna assisted Battista on a corner kick with just 8:20 remaining in the game.

“We did not really play that well against Towson, but it was good to capitalize with 10 minutes left,” Battista said.

It was Battista’s first goal of the season, and Misciagna’s second assist.

On Sept. 11, Villanova kicked off its six-game stint away from the friendly confines of West campus with its best effort of the season, a 1-1 tie with 12th-ranked Connecticut in a game played in extremely windy conditions. The Huskies are also considered the top team in the Northeast region.

“I was so proud of our effort against UConn,” Battista said. “They have beaten us my whole career, and I think this game really puts us on the map. We are rising to a new level.”

UConn scored its goal during a dominating first half in which they out-shot the ‘Cats 10-2. But Misciagna was able to find sophomore Laura Johnson at the 71:30 mark, for her second goal of the season.

Dolan was able to keep the Huskies out of the net for the remainder of regulation and both overtimes, saving a game-high nine shots.

The tie does not count towards ‘Nova’s Big East record, however, since the two teams play in different divisions.

The Wildcats wrap-up their five-game road swing this weekend, traveling to Pittsburgh to take on the Panthers at 7 p.m. tonight.

Then Villanova wages battle with the West Virginia Mountaineers on Sunday at 1 p.m.

These two contests represent the first Big East Conference games of the season for Villanova. One could argue that the Wildcats’ postseason destiny could be determined over the next four games. The ‘Cats battle four of the top teams in the Mid-Atlantic Division over the next eight days.

“This is our season, right here, the next four games. Pitt, West Virginia, Rutgers and Notre Dame are all good teams that we are trying to finish ahead of,” said Battista.