Sept. 10, 1997
Villanova Beats St. Joseph's 7-1 For First Victory
Villanova, PA.--- After scoring only one goal in their first three games combined, the Villanova offense broke out against St. Joseph's scoring seven goals in the Wildcats 7-1 victory.
The game went scoreless for nearly 17 minutes, until senior James Corcoran scored the Cats first goal at the 16:20 mark assisted by sophomore Donavan Hornsby. Just 17 seconds after their first goal, the Villanova offense struck again with Hornsby scoring his first goal as a member of the Wildcats, off an assist from Corcoran.
A transfer from Division II South Carolina Spartensburg, Hornsby would be heard from yet again before the half was over with his second goal, assisted by Tom DiGuilio, to extend the Wildcat lead to 3-0. With less than three minutes to go in the first half, St. Joseph's came back with a goal of their own, on a penalty kick by junior Aleksander Peev, to send the game into intermission with a 3-1 score.
In the second half, the Villanova offense would still not be slowed down. Senior Paul Miraglia started the second half scoring with the game's second penalty kick, to put the Cats up 4-1. Scoreless in Villanova's first three games, senior tri-captain Barry Smith scored his first goal of the season off an assist by Hornsby. The Wildcats would score twice more before the game was complete, on Tim DiGuilio's first collegiate goal and first assist on a goal by Dave Francalangia to round out the Wildcat scoring.
In Villanova's first three games of the season, senior goalie Matthew Westfall was the team's stronghold, allowing only 0.82 goals per game, placing him second in the Mid-Atlantic Region and first in the Big East Conference. On this day, Westfall needed only one save to shut down the Hawk's scoring attack, which saw only six shots on goal against a stifling Wildcat defense. The star of the day instead was Hornsby, who scored two goals and added two assists, to bring his season point total to seven.
Villanova, (1-2-1), begins Big East Conference play on Saturday, Sept. 13, against the West Virginia Mountaineers at 1 pm.