Sept. 21, 1997
Villanova Shuts Out Connecticut, 1-0
VILLANOVA, PA. -- Villanova extended their unbeaten streak to five on Sunday, Sept. 21, shutting out Connecticut 1-0, behind senior goalie Matthew Westfall's nine saves. With the victory, the Wildcats improved their Big East Conference record to 2-0-1 and picked up two points in the conference standings.
The first half was a defensive battle with Villanova freshman Jim Curtin stifling the Connecticut defense and Westfall saving seven shots. Despite several scoring opportunities by both teams, Villanova and Connecticut were unable to put a goal on the board, and the game went scoreless into intermission.
The second half began just as the first half ended, with outstanding defensive play by both teams. With just under 19 minutes remaining in the contest, senior James Corcoran put in his own rebound past Huskie goalie Matt Chavlovich for his third goal of the season, to give the Wildcats a 1-0 lead.
The Villanova defense then held strong in the last twenty minutes clearing the ball several times to end Connecticut scoring opportunities, as the Wildcats won 1-0 to avenge their 4-1 1996 loss at the hands of the Huskies.
The shutout was the third of the season for Westfall, who improved his save percentage to an outstanding .904 and lowered his goals against average to 0.66 on the season.
Coming into the game, Villanova (3-2-1) was riding high off a Wednesday, Sept. 17, 1-1 tie against the No. 10 nationally ranked Rutgers Scarlet Knights that extended their unbeaten streak to four. The streak began with a Sept. 5, 0-0 a tie against LaSalle and continued as the Wildcats defeated Philadelphia Soccer 7 rival St. Joseph's 7-1 and West Virginia 2-0.
The Wildcats hit the road next, as they try to extend their unbeaten streak to six. The roadtrip takes them to Notre Dame for a Friday, Sept. 26 matchup against the Fighting Irish at 7:30 p.m., and to Pittsburgh for a Sunday, Sept. 28 Big East Battle against the Panthers at 1 pm.