Sept. 15, 2012
SYRACUSE, N.Y. - It was a tough road trip for the Wildcats (4-4) this weekend as they suffered a second loss against Kent State (4-4) 6-4 at Syracuse Saturday afternoon. The two teams went goal-for-goal throughout most of the contest, but Villanova could not answer back to Kent State's final three scores giving the Golden Flashes their fourth win of the season.
Kent State stole the early lead scoring two goals within the first fifteen minutes. Kelsey Faulkner found the back of the cage off a shot from the middle of the circle and Sabrina Binder rebounded a shot off of a penalty corner to put the Golden Flashes up 2-0.
Villanova answered back only a few minutes later when Amy Jackson rebounded a shot from Kristen Davilaoff the pads of Kent State goalkeeper Jahna Jordan. Jackson's goal would be the final score of the half leaving Villanova still in reach of tying up the match as the game stood at 2-1.
The Wildcats got their opportunity to even the game in the 38th minute of the second period when Jessica Swoboda blasted a shot to the cage on a penalty corner and Amy Jacksonagain slammed the rebound into the left post to tie the game at 2-2.
Julia Hoffman would give the Golden Flashes the 3-2 lead off a penalty corner, but Villanova again fought back as Leah High shot the ball past Jordan with an assist from Kayla Kenneyto tie it up at 3-3. But the two powerful forwards weren't done yet. Kenney fed a ball to High only two minutes later off a corner play giving Villanova their first lead of the game and High's fifth goal of the season, racking up the score to 4-3. High now has tallied a point in four of her last five contests and this was her second multi-point game of the season. Kenney now has notched nine points in her rookie season as well as a pair of multi-point games.Unfortunately High's goal would be the fourth and final score for Villanova. Just as the Wildcats secured the lead, the Golden Flashes struck back with three unanswered goals from Karleigh Carlin, Alexis Madiera and Julia Hoffman giving them the 6-4 advantage when the final horn blew. The final two goals, including the game-winner by Hoffman, were the result of penalty corners. Wildcat goalkeeper Alex Diekmannended the game with six saves and registered 20 saves on the weekend. Jordan would make eight through two periods. This is the third straight loss for the `Cats this week as they also fell to No. 1 UNC and No. 2 Syracuse.
Despite the setbacks, Coach Joanie Milhous had a positive take on both games this weekend commenting on the loss to No. 2 'Cuse, "Our game against Syracuse was great. We were so proud of how our team played. They played with a ton of determination and very disciplined. We took advantage of the opportunities we were given. It was a great competitive game."
Milhous also felt the loss to Kent State pointed out what the team will need to to improve on for the rest of the season saying, "We had a great offensive breakout today against Kent however we needed to be stronger defensively and not give up defensive corners."
Villanova will need to regroup this week and come back strong as they face BIG EAST powerhouse No. 5 Connecticut next Sunday afternoon (9/23) at noon on their home turf at Villanova Stadium.
Milhous and her 'Cats are hungry for a win and will work hard in practice in the upcoming week to prepare for UConn as she said, "This week we will definitely put everything together offensively and defensively and be ready for Connecticut. UConn is a very strong team, however, so are we. We have a great team who is ready to work hard and show the determination and discipline that it takes to beat UConn."