Wildcats Fall to Providence 2-1 in Double Overtime
Oct. 23, 2013
VILLANOVA, Pa. - A goal by Providence's Dominik Machado in the 108th minute lifted the Friars to a 2-1 victory over Villanova on a cool, overcast afternoon at the Soccer Complex here today. Providence improves to 9-3-2 overall, 4-2-0 BIG EAST, while the Wildcats (7-7-1 overall, 2-4-0 BIG EAST) saw their three-game winning streak snapped.
"Both teams had chances in overtime," noted Villanova head coach Tom Carlin. "We got caught defensively on the left side and (Machado) hit a great shot."
The afternoon began in grand style for the Wildcats, fresh from a win at No. 12 Creighton on Saturday night. The momentum from that win seemed to carry over to the first few minutes of this key conference match. Before the game was eight minutes old, the Wildcats held the lead.
The play began near midfield when junior Aaron Dennis slipped a nifty ball through the Friars back line just in time to catch sophomore Chris Hill in stride. Hill sent a shot along the grass that beat Friar goalkeeper Keasel Broome at 7:57 to give VU a 1-0 edge. The goal was Hill's third of the season and Dennis was credited with an assist.
Providence soon turned the pace of play its way, however. The Friars began to control more of the possession in the midfield and it forced Wildcats goalkeeper Andrew Weakly to be sharp. The junior from Snohomish, Wash., made five key saves in the first 45 minutes and totaled 10 for the day.
A pivotal moment occurred at 34:23. Villanova was whistled for a foul near the line at the top of the 18-yard box. The ruling was that the foul took place inside the box, giving Providence a penalty kick. Anthony Bauman successfully finished the PK and suddenly the contest was deadlocked at one.
It remained there for the next 70 plus minutes.
Villanova's best chance in extra time came on a run by sophomore back Liam Callahan. His initial shot was stopped by Broome and the rebound came directly to Dennis. But Dennis was marked closely by a Friar defender and his bid was thwarted.
Shortly thereafter, Providence's Brandon Adler picked up his second yellow card of the day and was sent off, putting the Wildcats in a man up situation.
"When you see that red card, you start to think that we'll at least end up with a point out of this," Carlin stated. "But it didn't work out that way."
The winning goal was owed mostly to Machado's skill. He took a feed from Max Steeves and made a nifty move with the ball to create space for himself. Next came a blast into the left side of the net that ended the game.
Weakly, who was named the BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Week on Monday, was stellar in net again.
"He's played big for us," stated Carlin. "Weakly is starting to take on a leadership role back there and is communicating very well with our guys. He's a physical presence there for us."
The Wildcats now focus on Saturday's match at DePaul.
"This will hurt tonight," stated Carlin. "But in this Wednesday-Saturday format we are in, there is no time to waste. We'll watch the tape and fix some things so that we are ready for DePaul."