Oct. 3, 2012
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - Villanova field hockey (6-6) fell short in a 2-1 loss to crosstown-rivals St. Joseph's (3-9) Wednesday afternoon in Philadelphia. The Hawks' two early scores would put them ahead of the Wildcats for the remainder of the game.
St. Joseph's forward Meghan Githens' found her second and third goals of the season early in the contest as she was able to put the ball past goalkeeper Alex Diekmann in the 15th and 17th minutes, giving the Hawks an early 2-0 lead. Diekmann registered one save in the game.
The Wildcats answered back with five minutes left to go in the first period as rookie Kayla Kenney fed a pass to Olivia Maggitti to get `Nova in reach 1-2 before halftime. The goal was Maggitti's third of the season. Kenney now leads the team with five assists.
Maggitti's goal would be the last goal of the game as both teams went scoreless in the second period. Villanova's defense shut down St. Joseph's attack line in the second half allowing the Hawks zero corner play opportunities and zero shots on goal.
Offensively for the Wildcats, they were able to secure four corner plays and five shots on goal, but could not get a second score past goalkeeper Kate Mitchell, who would end the game with four saves.
Villanova is now 21-17-1 all-time when facing the Philadelphia-foes and today's upset was St. Joseph's second-consecutive defeat against `Nova. The Hawks pulled a 3-2 OT victory over the Wildcats last season.
The Wildcats will look to improve their 2-3 road-game record when they play a pair of away matches at Liberty on Saturday and at No. 22 Richmond Sunday. Both games are scheduled for 1 PM.