Villanova Set to Visit No. 6 Connecticut in BIG EAST Quarterfinal
Nov. 2, 2012
RECORD SETTER: Villanova recorded its 12th victory in Thursday's opening round against Seton Hall. That ties the Wildcats' single season victory total, established when the 1980 team finished with a 12-4 mark.
POTENT O: After leaning most heavily on its defense in advancing to the 2011 BIG EAST semifinal at Red Bull Arena, the 2012 edition has featured an attack that presses the issue more than it has in previous seasons.
The Wildcats have scored 34 goals thus far in 2012, an average of 1.8 per game. In contrast, VU averaged 1.1 goals per game in 2011. Both of its BIG EAST Championship victories were by a 1-0 count.
VU is now two goals shy of the single season school record in that department, 36.
ON A ROLL: Entering the 2011 BIG EAST Championship, the Wildcats had never earned a post-season victory since the conference was formed in 1984.
Last season, that changed, when the `Cats upended No. 19 Notre Dame and No. 5 USF on the road. Villanova then dropped a 2-1 decision to eventual champion St. John's in the semifinal at Red Bull Arena.
On Thursday, the Wildcats picked up their first post-season home win against Seton Hall.
A LEAD HELPS: Seizing the early edge has been a huge boost for Villanova. It is 11-0 in 2012 when scoring first.
SOROKA'S ON THE MOVE: He is listed in the program as a midfielder but head coach Tom Carlin is more than comfortable using the senior from Langhorne, Pa., in a variety of spots on the field.
It is not uncommon to see Soroka begin the game as a forward and then rotate back into the defensive midfield as the game moves on. His goal on Thursday on a free kick was his eighth of the season and he now has 20 career goals.
QOUTING HEAD COACH Tom Carlin: "What can you say about UConn? They have been one of the beasts of the BIG EAST for a long time. This is one of the great programs in the country and we know the home environment will be electric for them. We have to remain committed to our approach."
UMAR RETURNED: Sophomore forward Oscar Umar returned to the lineup as a reserve after missing the Pittsburgh game due to injury.
RENEWING ACQUIANTANCES: Villanova and Connecticut last squared off in the 2009 regular season at the Soccer Complex. The Huskies posted a 2-1 win that day. The last visit VU made to Storrs came in 2006, when UConn also recorded a 2-1 win.