25 Aug Women’s Soccer Returns Home to Face Colorado College
VILLANOVA IMPROVES TO 2-0 WITH A 4-1 WIN AT DELAWARE
NEWARK, DEL. – The Villanova women’s soccer team traveled to Newark, Delaware on Sunday evening, where they improved to 2-0 on the young season with a 4-1 win over the Delaware Blue Hens. With the loss, Delaware falls to 1-1 overall.
“The team really stepped up tonight. They followed the game plan and executed really well,” said Wildcat head coach Chris McLain. “Things clicked right from the start and we never looked back. We still have a long way to go, but so far so good.”
Villanova struck first in the 28th minute of the opening half when senior Chloe O’Neill (Plantation, Fla.) took a feed from freshman Francesca Yanchuk (North Attleboro, Mass.) and deposited the shot in the wide open net for the 1-0 lead.
The Wildcat advantage was short lived, as Delaware evened the score at 1-1 just four minutes later when Anna Diffendal scored the equalizer for the Blue Hens. Lea Panogiotidis was credited with the assist.
Senior goalie Megan McClay (Flower Mound, Tex.) was outstanding in the opening half for the Wildcats with four saves, including a standout save on a shot by Sydni Wright at the 36th minute.
Villanova finished the first half with two shots on goal, while Delaware had 11 first half shots with five on goal. The Wildcats had two corners in the opening 45 minutes compared to Delaware who had just one.
The Wildcats took the lead for the good just six minutes into the second half when freshman Lauren Belcuore (Livingston, N.J.) scored off an assist from senior Brice McInroy (Mechanicsburg, Pa.).
Belcuore struck again and gave her team a 3-1 lead at the 70:02 mark when she found herself in the right place at the right time. After a shot was blocked by a Delaware defender, the ball bounced right to Belcuore who had an open net in front of her.
Villanova put the game away in the 79th minute, when McInroy controlled a rebound off a corner and beat the Delaware keeper to give the Wildcats a commanding 4-1 lead.
“We have had a few players that have taken some tough knocks this preseason,” said McLain. “We are so fortunate to have a wealth of depth on this squad. To have the ability to rest and limit some of our players’ minutes so they can get back to form was huge. Losing key players is part of any team’s season, but for us, the players we put in are just as dynamic and they made an immediate impact.”
In the win, Villanova finished with 15 shots, including seven on goal. After tallying 11 shots (four on goal) in the first half, the Wildcat defense held the Blue Hens to just one second half shot. Villanova was credited with six corners, while the Blue Hens had just two.
The Wildcats return to action on Friday, Aug. 27, when Colorado College is set to visit Villanova. Game time is set for 3 p.m.
NOTES: Villanova now leads the all-time series versus Delaware by an 8-1-2 count…Tonight was Villanova’s sixth straight win over the Blue Hens…Delaware’s last win over Villanova came during the 1996 season…Lauren Belcuore, Reagan Smith and Megan Donnelly were each credited with three shots each…Goalie Megan McClay improves to 2-0 on the season.
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