Oct. 6, 2012
CHICAGO, Ill. - With his second goal key goal in a week, Villanova sophomore Hayden Harr helped lift Villanova past DePaul 1-0 today in a BIG EAST match played here.
The Wildcats improve to 8-2-2 overall, 1-0-2 in the BIG EAST while the Blue Demons drop to 3-9-1 overall, 0-4-0 in conference.
"DePaul played well, I give them a lot of credit," stated Villanova head coach Tom Carlin. "When you travel and are playing in a Big East game, it always tests you. You need a lot of fortitude to push through that and we showed that today."
The Villanova defense helped senior goalkeeper John Fogarty earn his second consecutive shutout in goal. Fogarty made five saves for the Wildcats in holding DePaul at bay.
After Villanova produced an early flurry of chances, DePaul produced some quality chances in the latter stages of the first half. Fogarty was sharp in stopping bids from Art Garza in the 33rd minute and Kyle Gustafson in the 35th minute.
The Blue Demons' goalkeeper Eric Sorby made three first half saves while Fogarty was credited with two. DePaul owned a 5-4 edge in shots.
"Sorby was great," stated Carlin. "We created a number of good scoring chances but he made four or five tremendous saves to keep the game scoreless."
Junior Dylan Renna had a shot on goal in the 55th minute that Sorby stopped. Umar was stopped by Sorby on another bid in the 73rd minute. Even though the `Cats were producing chances, there was nothing to reflect that on the scoreboard.
"The longer you go in a game like that on the road without a score, the more tense it becomes," noted Carlin.
In the 79th minute Villanova broke through. This time freshman Sean Sheridan found Harr just inside the box and the sophomore from Parsippany, N.J., sent a shot just inside the post that beat Sorby at 78:29 to give the `Cats the lead. A week ago, Harr's goal in the 85th minute tied a contest against No. 13 Villanova in the `Cats BIG EAST opener.
"Sean sent Hayden in from the right flank and he created a shot for himself," said Carlin. "It was a big-time play when we needed one."
DePaul managed just one shot in the remaining 11 minutes and the Wildcats had themselves their first BIG EAST win of 2012. The final minutes were not, however, entirely uneventful as three red cards were assessed, including a pair against Wildcats Alec Weiss and Damilola Adetola. Weiss' red card came after a tackle that was deemed unnecessarily rough and Adetola was cited for leaving the bench area. That means neither of the two midfielders will be available for Tuesday's home match against Lafayette.
"Our depth will really be tested on Tuesday," Carlin stated.
Lafayette visits Villanova on Tuesday. This will be the Wildcats' final regular season non-conference match and kickoff is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. (Nova Nation All-Access). That game will be followed by a pair of BIG EAST home matches against Cincinnati (next Saturday) and Syracuse (Oct. 17).
For now, the Wildcats will savor three hard earned points taken away from home.
"It's our first Big East win and now we have to focus on getting home and taking care of our bodies for Lafayette," stated Carlin. "We have three in a row coming up at home and it's important we protect our home turf and keep getting the results to show for our effort."