Women’s Soccer Falls to Penn in Final Non-Conference Game

Women’s Soccer Falls to Penn in Final Non-Conference Game

Philadelphia, Pa.- The Villanova Wildcats fell to the Penn Quakers on Thursday night by a final of 2-0.  This was the final regular season non-conference game for the Wildcats who are now 6-2 heading into BIG EAST play next week.

“Hats off to UPENN, said head coach Chris McLain.  “They came in very prepared and limited us to few quality scoring chances.  I actually thought we started off fantastic and really dictated the rhythm and tempo of the game. They made some good changes which we knew they would but then we didn’t adapt and it changed the dynamics of the game.”

Villanova started off strong on offense with Francesca Yanchuk taking the first shot of the game in the sixth minute that was blocked.  Megan McClay had saves in the 25th and 31st minute to keep the game scoreless.

Penn netted their first goal in the 32nd minute when Sizzy Lawton got a shot off after the first shot by fellow teammate Lauren Teuschl was saved by McClay and bounds back into play.  Lawton was able to get a touch on the ball and get a clean shot off to make it 1-0 Quakers. 

Villanova had a strong chance just minutes later when Maddie Fried sent a ball into the box that found Brice McInroy in the 36th minute.  There the senior was able to get a header on the ball and guide it to fall in front of classmate Reagan Smith.  Smith was able to get a shot off even with a defender close by, but it was saved by Laurence Gladu.  Penn led 1-0 at the half.

In the opening minutes of the second half the Wildcats were awarded a free kick 25 yards out.  The ball was kicked around in the middle of the box and found Susanna Soderman, who was located by the near side post.  The freshman was able to get a strong shot off that was saved by Gladu.    

Penn netted their second goal of the game in the 77th minute when this time Lawton set up Teuschl for the goal.  Teuschl took her shot from just inside the box and got it to fall just out of the reach of McClay to make it 2-0.

Lauren Belcuore had a strong shot from the top the box that was on target that was saved in the 81st minute to make the final 2-0.

“Overall, you have to have quality in the final third. We were just off today and that is not how we wanted to go into the Big East. The early service wasn’t great, our killer passes were not great, we didn’t shoot to score, and we wanted to win the game with individual greatness. Only playing for the teammate on your left and the teammate on your right will help you win games in tough Darby’s like this.”

Villanova will return to action next Thursday when they host the Seton Hall Pirates for their BIG EAST opener.  Kick off at Higgins Soccer Complex is scheduled for 3:00 P.M. and can be seen on the BIG EAST Digital Network on FloSports.

“We have some time before we play Seton Hall and Marquette. That allows us to learn from games like these. We will be prepared and ready, as long as we learn from these type of games, we will be a better team come Thursday.”


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