Oct. 24, 2007
SYRACUSE, N.Y. - A second half scoring explosion from sophomore forward Mike Seamon (Rahway, N.J.) helped lift Villanova (10-6-0 overall, 5-4-0 BIG EAST) to a 3-2 victory over Syracuse (5-6-4 overall, 2-6-0 BIG EAST) in a critical Red Division match played here this evening. The win snaps a four game losing skid for the Wildcats.
The Orange recorded the game's first goal at 38:30 when Hansen Woodruff notched his ninth goal of the campaign with a low hard shot that got past Villanova goalkeeper Jason Friel (Dublin, Pa./Pennridge High School). Syracuse maintained the edge into halftime thanks in large part to a 10-3 advantage in shots.
The second 45 minutes featured a unique display of scoring skill from Seamon that emphatically snapped a string of scoreless soccer that dated back to Villanova's 2-0 loss to St. John's on Oct. 6.
He pulled the Wildcats even at 54:55 off a feed from classmate Victor Faustino (Laytonsville, Md./The Heights). Eighteen seconds later, Seamon had done it again, this time off assists from junior Joe Taylor (Southampton, Pa./Archbishop Wood) and senior Mike Del Guercio (Chatham, N.J./Delbarton) to give the `Cats a 2-1 edge.
The game was tied one minute and one second later as the Orange converted a corner kick opportunity at 56:14. Pete Rowley set up Karol Wasiliewski for his second goal of the campaign to knot matters at two.
It took one more sterling play from Seamon for Villanova to wrap up the win. He beat one defender and then ripped a shot into the goal at 62:14 for an unassisted score and the first hat trick of his young career.
Friel made two saves in picking up his ninth win of the year.
Next up for Villanova is a visit to Cincinnati on Saturday evening for another key Red Division encounter in the BIG EAST.