Sept. 14, 2007
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - Sophomore Mike Seamon (Rahway, N.J.) posted his second consecutive two goal game to help lead Villanova past Drexel 3-0 in a Philadelphia Soccer Seven match played on Friday evening at Vadis Field. The victory is Villanova's fifth in a row, pushing its record to 5-1-0 headed into the start of BIG EAST Conference action on Sept. 21.
From the outset, Villanova applied pressure and it paid off quickly. Freshman forward Sean Mergenthal (Blackwood, N.J.) found Seamon with a quick pass near the top of the box and Seamon wasted no time sending a low shot past Dragon goalie Derrec Mongan at the 5:25 mark to boost the `Cats to a 1-0 lead. Seamon struck again at the 20:15 mark when he stole the ball from a Drexel defender and quickly struck a blast that beat Mongan inside the right corner to extend Villanova's lead to 2-0. He nearly completed a natural hat trick two minutes later but his strong boot from outside the top of the box hit the crossbar.
Junior co-captain Joe Taylor (Southampton, Pa.) made it a three goal advantage at 30:38. Senior back Farris Fakhoury fed a long ball over the defense as Taylor got in behind the back line and took possession. His shot eluded Mongan and Villanova had all the offense it would need on this night.
The Wildcats kept the Dragons at bay the rest of the way. Goalie Jason Friel, the NSCAA goalie of the week, posted his third consecutive shutout by making three saves. Villanova has not allowed a goal in its last 417:51, dating back to a 2-1 win over Siena on Sept. 4. There have been only three goals allowed in VU's first 540 minutes of soccer in 2007.
"The defense has been excellent and that's what I am most encouraged about," Villanova head coach Larry Sullivan says. "We have kept our composure and made smart plays. Now we need to tighten up some things in the midfield.
"We got a couple of beautiful goals tonight. Mergenthal and Seamon worked well together on the first one and Seamon did a great job to make a steal to create the second one. On Joey's goal, that's a play down the right side we had talked about trying to make coming into the game. Farris fed him a great ball and Joey finished it."
Villanova owned a 12-10 edge in shots. It held an 8-2 advantage in the opening period. The loss was Drexel's first of the 2007 season (2-1-2).
Now the Wildcats (5-1-0) have six days to prepare for the opening weekend of BIG EAST play. They host Marquette on Sept. 21 at 3:00 p.m. and then meet national power Notre Dame at the Soccer Complex at noon on Sept. 23.
"It feels like we are growing," Sullivan says. "We have done some good things in this opening stretch. Drexel is a good club and this keeps our momentum going. But we know our toughest tests are ahead of us."