Sept. 30, 2012
VILLANOVA, Pa. - Villanova (6-5) got their second win of the weekend with a 2-1 victory over Bryant (2-9) Sunday afternoon. Jessica Swoboda's last chance goal gave the `Cats the edge over the Bulldogs in the final minutes of the contest.
The Wildcats took the first score in the 18th minute of the first period when Jessica Swoboda slammed a sweet pass from Lauren Wilson into the back of the right post. The Bulldogs took back possession of the ball soon after the goal and ran the ball down to their circle for a series of penalty corner chances.
Bryant answered back in the 30th minute when Kelsey Hiltebeitel took a hard shot from the top of the circle and sent the ball past goaltender Alex Diekmann to tie the game up 1-1 just before the half.
The second period was a back-and-forth battle in the midfield as both teams fought for the game-winning score. Defensively, the Wildcats held tough blocking most of Bryant's shots or clearing the ball before they had an opportunity to get a shot on Deikmann's pads. Diekmann would end the game with only three saves.
Just when the crowd thought the game was headed into overtime, Villanova gained a fast-break opportunity. Kayla Kenney dribbled the ball into the top of the circle and shot the on cage and Jessica Swoboda tipped it past Bryant goalkeeper Megan Hancock with only 90 seconds left on the clock. Kenney now has tallied a team-high (tied) four assists in her rookie-season.
The final horn blew and Swoboda's second-score would be deemed the game-winner as the Wildcats took the 2-1 victory. Swoboda now has four goals this season.
Villanova outshot Bryant 18-11 and took the advantage in penalty corners 17-9 through both periods.
The Wildcats look to continue their win-streak when they play cross-town rivals St. Joseph's in Philadelphia Wednesday afternoon at 3 PM.