`Cats Snag First BIG EAST Victory Over Scarlet Knights
Sept. 29, 2012
PISCATAWAY, N.J. - The Wildcats (5-5) broke their four-game losing streak and captured their first BIG EAST conference victory of the season Saturday afternoon with a 2-1 win over Rutgers (5-6). Senior captain Amy Jackson and Leah High tallied for the `Cats giving them the edge over the conference-rivals. Villanova is now 1-2 in conference play and 18-13-1 all-time against the Scarlet Knights.
It was a quiet game until the final thirty minutes of the contest as both teams went scoreless in the first half. Villanova had only two penalty corner opportunities and managed to get off two shots in the first period. The Wildcat defense again came up big halting Rutgers' five corners and 10 shots. Senior midfielder Olivia Maggitti stopped a goal and earned the team's first defensive save of the season. Alex Diekmann guarded the cage with eight saves in the first period and 11 on the game.
The offense for both teams picked up with the start of the second half. Rutgers struck first in the 41st minute when Sophie Wright executed a corner play with a shot from the top left of the circle and slammed the ball into the back of the cage giving the Scarlet Knights the 1-0 advantage.
Villanova answered back fifteen minutes later when Amy Jackson blasted a ball past Rutgers goaltender Sarah Stuby from the top of the circle, tying up the match at 1-1.
The Wildcats' were hungry for their first conference feat as the offense pressured the Scarlet Knights on a series of corner plays. With a little over a minute left in the game, Villanova's attack line made sure to finish the contest in regular time when Jessica Swoboda rebounded her blocked shot and found Leah High to end the game with the `Cats on top 2-1. The game-winner was High's sixth score on the season. Swoboda has now tallied a team-high four assists this year.
The `Cats will take the field again tomorrow afternoon against Bryant at 1 PM on their home field at Villanova Stadium. Tomorrow's game also marks the field hockey team's third-annual "Stick it to Cancer" game that raises money for the National Foundation for Cancer Research.