Villanova, Pa. -
A furious rally over the final minutes by Villanova fell short Saturday as the Wildcats dropped a 2-1 decision to Providence.
The Friars got their first goal just over 11 minutes into the match when Braden Kline crossed a kick into the box that found Danny Griffin. Griffin made a move on multiple defenders and broke right and got a short cross kick to fall in.
It was minutes later that Providence would net what would be the game winner when Matt DePerro headed a ball in that was fed to him by Brendan Constantine to give them a 2-0 lead.
“We fought hard,” shared head coach Tom Carlin. “They got two goals early and we put ourselves into a hole. I like the resilience of the group and the fight; we didn’t quit on it.”
Villanova answered back just a minute later when Lucas Hodges got a rebound off a Providence goalie save right in front of the goal and was able to tip it in and get the Wildcats on the board.
The scored would remain 2-1 at halftime.
The Wildcats dominated in the second half taking seven shots, including a free kick by Zach Zandi in the late minutes of the game that just hit the crossbar and went out of bounds.
On the day Villanova took 12 shots and placed nine on goal.
Prior to today’s final home game of the regular season the Wildcats honored their four seniors.
“These seniors have been incredible. More than just for the program, but for me personally, there is a relationship that we have formed that we will have forever. Just so proud of all of them and their accomplishments in the classroom, community, and on the field. They helped us reach our first NCAA Tournament in school history and that is special and says a lot about them,” said Carlin.
Villanova will close out the season on the road this Wednesday at Seton Hall. Kickoff is set for 7:00 p.m.