Oct. 20, 2007
VILLANOVA, Pa. - A deflected clearing attempt ended up in the back of the Villanova net in the first overtime to lift DePaul to a 1-0 victory over Villanova in a BIG EAST men's soccer match played here on a cool afternoon here at the Villanova Soccer Complex.
The win improved the Blue Demons' record to 8-5-0 overall, 4-4-0 in the BIG EAST while the Wildcats dropped their fourth straight contest to fall to 9-6-0 overall, 4-4-0 in conference action.
DePaul had the better chances in the game's first 30 minutes. Patrick Hopkins nearly touched a ball into the Wildcat net in the 18th minute but `Cat goalie Jason Friel (Dublin, Pa./Pennridge H.S.) was in position to make the big save. Friel was forced to be on his toes again in the 30th minute when Alex Mangan sent a header toward the net that the Villanova goalie caught.
Villanova's best chance of the day came in the 40th minute. Junior Joe Taylor (Southampton, Pa./Archbishop Wood H.S.) found Sean Mergenthal (Blackwood, N.J./Highland Regional H.S.) in the box and Mergenthal had time to send a blast towards the Blue Demon net. The shot look to have beaten goalie Erik Sorenson but ricocheted off the crossbar and over the top of the goal.
The pace of play picked up in the second half. Each team had quality chances and Villanova's Chris Quinn hit the crossbar on a shot at the Blue Demon net in the 78th minute.
Neither team, though, found the back of the net through 90 minutes of regulation.
The game's pivotal play began innocently. A DePaul cross was collected by a Wildcat defender near the left post. His clearing attempt hit the back of another Villanova defender and caromed over Friel's head into the top left corner of the net at 93:07 in a stunning conclusion to the contest.
Friel made seven saves on the day. Sorenson made three saves before being forced to leave the game after a collision with the Wildcats' Matt Sleece in the 80th minute. Brian Visser came on in relief, making one save and picking up the victory.
Next up for Villanova is a visit to Syracuse this Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.