Wildcats Travel to Face Stony Brook Sunday
Sept. 13, 2013
VILLANOVA, Pa. - The second game of a three-game stretch away from home comes Sunday when Villanova (1-2-1 overall, 0-0-0 BIG EAST) visits Stony Brook (1-2-0 overall) on Long Island at 2:00 p.m.
The Wildcats dropped a 2-1 decision at Monmouth in the first game of this stretch on Wednesday night. Villanova scored first on a goal by Adetomiwa Adewole before a Hawks score late in the period even the count at one. Both teams generated quality chances in the second half, though neither team could break the draw.
A failed clear in the first minute of the overtime period, though, led to a Monmouth goal just 37 seconds into extra time.
One pattern that has emerged early in the season is that the Wildcats have been less effective in generating chances in the first 45 minutes than they have after intermission. Monmouth owned a 9-1 edge in shots in the first half on Wednesday and the Wildcats understand that good starts are key, particularly when playing away from home.
"We always want to start well and get a good grip on the game," says head coach Tom Carlin. "We didn't do that at Monmouth."
The SeaWolves host Rhode Island on Friday night before taking on the Wildcats. The SeaWolves have been stingy on defense, surrendering four goals in their first three games of 2013 but have only scored two goals of their own.
These two teams met to open the 2012 campaign with the Wildcats posting a 4-1 last season at the Villanova Soccer Complex. Kyle Soroka scored two goals for Villanova.
Senior Adetomiwa Adewole has given the Wildcats a lift off the bench in the early going. He was credited with the VU goal on Wednesday night - it had originally been awarded to Oscar Umar - and the assist went to freshman Max Kroschwitz. Adewole leads VU with two goals and five points on the season.