Wildcats Victorious in Home Opener Against Rutgers
Sept. 18, 2009
Villanova, Pa. - In their first home contest and BIG EAST game of the season, the Villanova Wildcats (4-2, 1-0) brought home a decisive 6-1 win against fellow conference member Rutgers University (0-7, 0-1). The night matchup at Villanova Stadium marked the first of five home tilts for the Wildcats for the 2009 season.
The Wildcats came out hungry and immediately took precedence over their home turf when just 8 minutes into the contest, junior Meg Ryan tipped the ball past Rutgers keeper Vickie Lavell to open up a 1-0 lead. The goal marked the second time Ryan has found the back of the cage in 2009 and in doing so set the tone for the evening.
Junior Meredith Sabatini, coming off a career high four-goal game last weekend, continued her knack for finding the back of the cage when time ran out at the end of the first half. Sparked by a penalty corner opportunity, Sabatini punched the ball into the backboard after Wuzzardo took an initial shot on cage and set the scoreboard to 3-0 going into the locker room. The goal marked the fifth time Sabatini has scored for the season and she also gave the Wildcats the added bonus of confidence needed after finishing their half of BIG EAST Conference play.
To open the second half, Wuzzardo was back and ready for action when in the 44th minute she gained control of the ball at the top of the circle and took a powerful shot that found its way to the far post. Just six minutes later, Villanova continued their offensive possession when senior captain Emily Donaldson hit the repeat button and gave the Wildcats a 5-0 lead off a Ramsden assist.
Rutgers found the net with just ten minutes left to play when Jessika Hoh scored on an unassisted play with a straight shot to goal.
To round out the game, Sabatini scored the 6th Villanova goal of the game with just 30 seconds left to play, ending the game in a 6-1 victory. Sophomore keeper Megan Goelz was credited with the win after playing all 70 minutes in cage. She made 7 saves in the victory and faced 21 shots. Rutgers' Vickie Lavell had 10 saves in the loss.
The Wildcats continue their homestand when they face Patriot League foe Bucknell University (5-2) on Sunday, September 20th at 1p.m. in Villanova Stadium.