Oct. 1, 1997
Villanova Defeats Marist, 4-1
Despite being down 1-0 at the end of the first half, the Villanova men's soccer team came back with four unanswered goals to defeat Marist 4-1 on Wednesday, Oct. 1, at the Villanova Soccer Field on the campus of Villanova University.
The game began as a defensive struggle, with both teams unable to capitalize on several scoring opportunities. Marist broke open the scoring just over 30 minutes into the game on a penalty kick by Peter Kitpatrick to give the Red Foxes a 1-0 lead at intermission.
The second half was all Wildcats, however, with senior Barry Smith getting Villanova started with his second goal of the season, off an assist by sophomore Tom DiGuilio. Nine minutes later, sophomore Donavan Hornsby punched in his team-high fourth goal on a David Bradford assist to extend the Wildcat lead to 2-0. Just three minutes after Hornsby's goal, freshman Chris McKenna scored his first collegiate goal lofting a floater over the head of Marist goalie Gary Ricini (six saves). Smith closed out Villanova's offensive display by scoring his second goal of the game at the 74:20 mark off sophomore Conor Porter's assist.
After the Red Fox goal at the 30:15 mark in the first half, the Villanova defense stepped up and held the Marist offense scoreless for the remainder of the game. Freshman goalie J.D. Allen, making his first collegiate start, saved six shots for his first career victory. Strong defensive games were also had by senior Paul Miraglia and junior Lew Domke, each helping shut down the Marist defense.
Villanova travels to Georgetown on Saturday, Oct. 4, to resume their Big East schedule against the Hoyas at 2 pm.