Women’s Soccer Travels to Rider Sunday

Women’s Soccer Travels to Rider Sunday

No. 22 Villanova Dominates Rider in 2-0 Victory

Aug. 31, 2003

Final Stats

VILLANOVA, PA. – On Sunday, Aug. 31st, at the Villanova Soccer Complex, the 22nd ranked Villanova women’s soccer team got its second shutout victory in as many games, blanking the Rider Broncs by the score of 2-0. Junior forward Laura Johnson posted a goal and an assist in the win for the Wildcats, while senior goalkeeper Chrissy Dolan notched the shutout with a three save effort. With the victory, the `Cats are now 2-0-0 on the season. Rider falls to 0-1-0 with Sunday’s loss.

At the 30:07 mark of the first half, Johnson fed the ball to freshman forward Jamie Weist in the center of the box. Weist found the back of the net from 10 yards out, beating Broncs’ goalkeeper Erin Wolleon to give Villanova the 1-0 advantage. The goal was the first of Weist’s career.

The Wildcats dominated play in the first half out-shooting Rider 9-2, but took only a 1-0 lead into intermission after having another goal taken off the board by an off-sides call early in the half.

Villanova came out firing in the second half, peppering Broncs’ keeper Wolleon with shot after shot. With 22:23 left in the contest, the Wildcats added to their lead when sophomore Lindsey Finnegan sent a short feed to Johnson at the left corner of the goal. Johnson connected from eight yards out, sending the ball into the right corner of the net to increase the Villanova lead to 2-0.

That was all the `Cats would need as the Wildcat defense shut down the Rider attack the rest of the way en route to a 2-0 victory.

Dolan saved three shots in net for Villanova, to pick up her second shutout of the season. Wolleon tallied a game-high four saves in goal for the Broncs, but took the loss.

Johnson, the Wildcats’ leading scorer one season ago, finished the contest with one goal and one assist to lead the Villanova offense.

The `Cats out-shot Rider 20-5 in the game thanks in large part to a dominant defensive effort by the Villanova defensive contingient of junior Michelle Biehl, junior Patricia Misciagna, and sophomores Laura Koch and Kristin Anderson shut. The Wildcats now have a 37-10 shot advantage through their first two games of the season.

Villanova will now travel to Cary, N.C., for the Summit Hospitality Invitational on Sept. 5-7. The Wildcats will take on Old Dominion on Friday at 5:00 p.m., and North Carolina State on Sunday, at 2:30 p.m.

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