Sept. 26, 2007
VILLANOVA, Pa. - Freshman Ally Smith came off the bench in the early minutes of the game to record a hat trick in route to Villanova's 6-1 win over West Chester this afternoon at Villanova Stadium. The non-conference win moves the Wildcats to 7-2 on the season and extends their winning streak to five, while the Golden Rams drop to 3-6 for the year.
Smith opened all scoring for the afternoon as she received a pass from sophomore Emily Donaldson on a scramble in front of the cage after a Villanova offensive penalty corner. Five minutes later, the Wildcats increased their lead to two on a goal off a straight shot by freshman Lauren Wuzzardo, the BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week.
With the score 2-0, the Wildcats dominated the remainder of the first half, out shooting the Golden Rams 16-4 and clearly holding the advantage in penalty corners 9-2. However, West Chester was able to tally a late first-half goal at the 33:47 mark to cut their deficit in half to make the score 2-1.
Putting the missed opportunities behind them, Villanova erupted in the second half to score four unanswered goals to secure their fifth consecutive victory. Just two minutes into the second half, sophomore forward Jenn Nazarethian broke free from the pack to find herself in a 2 v 1 with freshman Meg Ryan. Nazarethian slipped the ball past the lone Golden Ram defender to Ryan who easily found the back of the net giving the Wildcats a 3-1 advantage.
Junior Sam Coveleski had a chance to give Villanova a 4-1 lead when the Wildcats were awarded a penalty stroke with 11:29 left in regulation. West Chester goalkeeper Joelle Zarefoss made a diving save to her right to stop Coveleski's initial attempt. The ball deflected into the air, hitting the back of Zarefoss to roll into the cage. However, the officials ruled that the goal did not count.
The Wildcats then used that ruling to fuel their last three goals, as Smith notched her second and third of the game to give her the hat trick, followed by junior Allison Boris redirecting a shot from senior Stephanie Campbell in the final minutes of the game to close out the scoring.
Villanova held the advantages in overall shots 30-6 and offensive penalty corners 14-5. Redshirt freshman goalkeeper Maura McCormick saw limited action today only registering two saves as a result of her defensive unit's success in keeping the Golden Rams from generating any sort of threatening attacks.
Villanova heads back out on the road this Saturday, Sept. 29, as they face the Explorers of La Salle University at 1 p.m.