VILLANOVA, PA. – In women’s soccer action on Friday afternoon at the Higgins Soccer Complex, the Villanova Wildcats improved to 3-0 on the season with a 3-0 win over the visiting Colorado College Tigers. With the loss, the Tigers fall to 0-3 on the year.

“It’s a great win for us. That is a team that is consistently competing at a very high level. They are regulars in the NCAA tournament and always at the top of their conference,” said Wildcat head coach Chris McLain. “Geoff has been coach of the year multiple times and he always prepares great teams. That’s a massive win that the players will realize more and more as the season goes on. Our preparation this week paid off huge dividends for us today. Staying focused after an almost two hour delay added another component and they responded really well. This is an experience that we will take and store away for down the road when we need it. I am really proud of our team for their effort tonight.”

Villanova got on the scoreboard first when senior Chloe O’Neill (Plantation, Fla.) converted a penalty kick at the 13th minute. This marks the second straight contest that O’Neill has found the back of the net.

The O’Neill goal was the lone tally of the first half and Villanova went to intermission with a 1-0 lead. Villanova finished the opening 45 minutes with two shots on goal and two corners, while the Tigers had five shots and one corner.

Villanova came out strong in the second half and controlled play throughout. The Wildcats were rewarded for their strong play in the 53rd minute when senior Reagan Smith (Cumming, Ga.) scored off an assist from freshman Lauren Belcuore (Livingston, N.J.) to give Villanova a 2-0 advantage.

The Wildcats added an insurance goal at the 79:34 mark, when O’Neill converted her second penalty kick of the game to increase her team’s lead to 3-0.

Senior goalkeeper Megan McClay (Flower Mound, Tex.) recorded the shutout for Villanova with seven saves, including six in the second half.

Colorado College outshot the Wildcats by a 15-9 margin, while Villanova doubled the Tigers in corners earned with an 8-4 count.

The Wildcats will return to action on Sunday, August 29, when they travel to Lawrenceville, N.J., to take on Rider College. Start time is set for 3 p.m.

NOTES: The game was delayed nearly two hours due to lightning in the surrounding area…Today was the first-ever match-up between the two teams…Villanova improves to 2-0 at

home this season…With the win, senior goalie Megan McClay is now 3-0 on the year…Chloe O’Neill now has 13 career goals and three this year.

Credit: Source link