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Oct. 29, 1997

Villanova and Pennsylvania Play To Scoreless tie

PHILADELPHIA, Penn. - Villanova senior goalie Matthew Westfall saved nine shots and tallied his fifth shutout of the season against Pennsylvania on Wednesday, Oct. 29, but neither the Wildcats or the Quakers could score in this Philadelphia Soccer 7 defensive battle, and the game ended in a 0-0 tie.

With the tie, Villanova's record moves to 6-6-5 overall and 1-1-2 in the Philadelphia Soccer 7.

Defense was the name of the game right from the start, with Villanova and Pennsylvania totaling only five combined shots in the first half. With freshman Jim Curtin and senior Brian Conolly leading the Wildcat defense, the game went to intermission tied 0-0.

Despite recording seven shots on goal in the second half, the Quakers could not put the ball in the net due to another outstanding performance in goal by Westfall, who had four saves in the second half.

Still scoreless after regulation, the game went into overtime.

After two extra sessions with neither team able to score, however, the game ended in a 0-0 scoreless tie. It was the Wildcats second scoreless tie in Philadelphia Soccer 7 play in 1997, as they tied LaSalle 0-0 on Sept. 5.

First in the Soccer 7 in goals against average (0.90) and save percentage (.879) coming in, Westfall moved into second in shutouts with his fifth of the season, while lowering his goals against average to 0.83 and his save percentage to .888.

The Wildcats will remain on the road, traveling to St. John's on Saturday, Nov. 1, to take on the Red Storm at 7:30 p.m.