Aug. 27, 2012
VILLANOVA, Pa. - After a successful opening night a borough away from Broadway, Villanova (1-0 overall) returns to its West Campus Soccer Complex for its first taste of home cooking on Tuesday afternoon when Stony Brook (1-0 overall) will help the Wildcats kick off the home portion of their 2012 slate.
The `Cats took control early and cruised to a 5-1 victory over Manhattan in Riverdale, N.Y. on Friday night.
"It will be good to play at home," states Villanova head coach Tom Carlin. "Both of our scrimmages were on the road and we opened the season with the game (at Manhattan), so just the chance to play on our own field in front of our fans will be nice."
Villanova flexed its offensive firepower in the win over the Jaspers. Nine different Wildcats earned at least a point and the five goals were produced by five players. What's more, the five goals were the most the squad had recorded in a regular season game since a 5-0 win over Temple on the opening day of 1998.
"Stony Brook is a good team," says Carlin. "They have some dangerous players and we need to maintain the commitment to our game plan that we showed against Manhattan. It's important to keep doing the dirty work and intangibles that go into winning."
Stony Brook enjoyed an impressive opening night victory of its own on Friday, downing Fairleigh Dickinson 5-0 at University Stadium in Teaneck, N.J. The goal output matched the Seawolves' Division I high. Seniors Berian Gobeil, Antonio Crespi and freshman Alejandro Fritz scored goals for the Seawolves.
Among the Wildcats making their debuts at the Soccer Complex on Tuesday will be freshmen Sean Sheridan and Liam Callahan, both of whom were in Friday night's starting lineup, and midfielders Kye West and Damilola Adetola, both of whom saw action as reserves. Adetola scored the Wildcats' final goal in the win at Manhattan's Gaelic Park.
Tuesday's game begins at 4:00 p.m. and will be broadcast via Nova Nation All-Access.