Oct. 5, 2012
VILLANOVA, Pa. - With hard earned points from a pair of draws against nationally ranked opponents on the board, Villanova (7-2-2 overall, 0-0-2 BIG EAST) heads to Chicago for a Saturday match with DePaul (3-8-1 overall, 0-3-0 BIG EAST). The contest is at Wish Field with kickoff slated for 2:00 p.m. eastern time.
Villanova battled No. 13/19 USF to a 1-1 draw in its conference opener last Saturday and then staged a 0-0 tie with No. 12/16 St. John's on Wednesday evening. The match at DePaul is Villanova's third of eight in the BIG EAST.
"There is no rest for the weary," stated Wildcats head coach Tom Carlin. "We're coming off a pair of hard fought games where we did a lot of things well. Now we have to set our sights on DePaul."
Goals, which were plentiful for Villanova in the early stages of the campaign, have been harder to manufacture of late as the conference portion of the slate has begun. In each of its first two conference matches, the `Cats have stared down a familiar foe from the Red Division and the same will be true on Saturday.
Villanova's defensive work has continued to be superior, though, and the `Cats have continued to press the attack no matter the opponent.
"We've stayed committed to our approach," notes Carlin.
These two squads tied at one in their most recent meeting, on Oct. 8, 2011 at the Villanova Soccer Complex. The Wildcats got a first half goal from Hayden Harr and led until the 85th minute when the Blue Demons' Antonio Aguilar created a scoring chance that was completed by Matt Leinauer.
DePaul enters action this weekend coming off a 3-0 loss to Louisville on Wednesday night.
"We go on the road now and the key for us is to be consistent," says Carlin. "We have to take how we played against USF and how we played at St. John's and bring that same mentality on Saturday."
Villanova picked up a 3-1 victory in its last visit to Wish Field in 2010 after trailing 1-0 at halftime.
After its trip to Chicago, the Wildcats return home for three straight matches. That stretch begins Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. when Lafayette will be at the Soccer Complex for the Wildcats' final non-conference encounter of the regular season (Nova Nation All-Access).