CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa. -- Villanova took on Fairfield tonight in a midweek nonconference game. The Wildcats edged the Stags in the closing minutes of the second half to take the victory, 2-1. The offense was the name of the game for the Wildcats tonight as they came up big late.
It was all offense for the Wildcats at the start of the first half, as a pair of early fouls caused them to lose the ball. In the opening minutes of the first half, Fairfield struck first off a penalty corner but the Wildcats were able to contain the shot as it went wide. Villanova would get three tries to put a score on the board, but it wasn't until the fourth corner that the Wildcats saw a shot a go in. Forward, Megan Vermeil netted her third goal of the season off an assist from teammates Francesca Bello and Emma McLaughlin. This was McLaughlin's fourth assist and Bello's third. Villanova saw late chances in the first half to get another goal, but Fairfield's defense remained strong throughout the closing minutes. The squad ended the first half with eight shots and six corners as Erika Miller had four saves.
A pair of shots from the Stags in the opening minutes of the second got the offense going for Fairfield, but the Wildcat defense remained focused as the shots didn't reach the net. It was an offensive battle for the rest of the half, as Fairfield struck first with a goal in the 47th minute. Villanova would earn five more penalty corners in the half as they received many good looks on goal but couldn't execute. As the clock wound down, sophomore Abby Siana saw a good shot on goal in the center of circle that would eventually make it past the keeper. This was the first goal of the season for Siana as she came up big late to give the Wildcats a win, 2-1.
"I'm very for our players today. It was a hard-fought win and I'm proud of how our girls took that next step today to get it done. It was a great effort overall." said Villanova Field Hockey Head Coach Joanie Milhous.
Up next for the Wildcats is a home match-up against BIG EAST foe Providence on Wildcat Night. The game is set to start at 7 p.m. in Conshohocken, Pa. at the Villanova Field Hockey Field.