Sept. 13, 1997
Villanova Shuts Out West Virginia, 2-0
VILLANOVA, Pa.--- In a physical hard-fought battle typical of Big East Conference play, the Villanova men's soccer team (2-2-1) shut out West Virginia 2-0 on Saturday, Sept. 13, for its second consecutive victory.
The Wildcat and Mountaineer defenses took control from the start in this conference opener and it wasn't until eighteen minutes in, that the shutout was finally broken. At the 18:17 mark in the first half, freshman Joe Noonan scored his first collegiate goal off a centering pass by senior Barry Smith to give the Cats an early 1-0 lead. The Villanova defense allowed only five West Virginia shots in the first half and denied the Mountaineers any good scoring opportunities as the Wildcats went into the intermission with a one goal lead.
The second half opened just as it started with defense being the key factor. It wasn't until a West Virginia foul at the 72:46 mark, that Villanova would again score, this time off a penalty kick by senior Paul Miraglia to extend the Wildcat lead to 2-0. Senior goalie Matthew Westfall and the Villanova defenders shut the Mountaineer offense down the rest of the way, just as they had throughout the game, to preserve the victory for Wildcats.
Westfall, who ranked second in the Mid-Atlantic Region and first in the Big East Conference in goals against average coming in, tallied his second shutout of the season saving two shots for the Wildcats. With the shutout, Westfall lowered his goals against average to 0.72.
The Wildcats travel to Rutgers University for their next game, on Wednesday, Sept. 17 at 7:30 p.m.