Oct. 3, 2012
JAMAICA, N.Y. - The Villanova Wildcats picked up another point tonight by dueling No. 12/16 St. John's to a 0-0 draw at Belson Stadium. The `Cats are now 7-2-2 overall, 0-0-2 in the BIG EAST while the Red Storm is 7-1-4 overall, 1-1-1 in league action.
The Wildcats' John Fogarty picked up his third shutout of the campaign by holding the potent Red Storm without a goal for 110 minutes. He was credited with three saves while St. John's Rafael Diaz made six saves.
"I thought this was a case where two very good teams went back and forth," stated Villanova head coach Tom Carlin. "The game kind of went in waves - there were times when they seemed to have the momentum and were able to feed off the frenzied environment here. At other points, I thought we really were taking the attack to them."
The stat sheet reflects that there were no scores but there were a handful of quality scoring chances. For the Wildcats, junior Daniel Gonzalez sent a blast from 30 yards out that looked like it had a chance to snap the deadlock. His classmate Dylan Renna created several chances of his own and freshman Damilola Adetola nearly picked up his second goal of the season.
In the end, though, the contest was scoreless thanks in no small part to the work of the back wall and Fogarty. Seniors Kyle McCarthy and Ryan Whalen along with junior William Cason were essential to helping snuff out several Red Storm threats.
"Those three are such seasoned guys for us and they did a great job of shutting things down when it looked like St. John's might have a dangerous possession going," Carlin said. "Fogarty was very solid too - he cut off a number of their crosses."
"Our bench really did a good job for us," stated Carlin. "Some of our best moments tonight came when we had those guys out there for us."
VU owned a 16-12 advantage in shots and a 9-6 edge in corner kicks. Sophomore Aaron Dennis led the 'Cats with four shots while Renna and Gonzalez had two apiece.
Next up for Villanova is a BIG EAST road date at DePaul on Saturday at 2:00 p.m.