Sept. 12, 2013
VILLANOVA, Pa. - The Villanova field hockey team heads to the Buckeye State as the Wildcats travel to Kent, Ohio, to take on Saint Louis and Kent State this weekend.
The `Cats play Saint Louis on Saturday, Sept. 14 at 1 p.m. before battling Kent State Sunday, Sept. 15 at noon.
The Wildcats (1-3) won their first game of the season in their last outing against Siena on Sept. 7. Junior midfielder Lauren Wilson and freshman forward Courtney Devine each scored for Villanova in the team's 2-1 win.
Last week was the Wildcats' strongest week of the season. In addition to earning its first win, Villanova played its best defensive game in a 1-0 loss to Rider on Sept. 4. The Broncs came into the game averaging 29.5 shots per game, but the Wildcats held them to just 11. Rider managed to score with less than six minutes left in the game and Villanova was unable to equalize.
Senior goalkeeper Alex Diekmann earned a spot on the BIG EAST honor roll for her performances last week. Diekmann made a combined six saves in the games against Rider and Siena and faced 22 total shots.
Scouting the Billikens
Saint Louis (0-4) traveled to Bloomington, Ind., last weekend to play Indiana and Radford. The Billikens dropped 11-0 to the Hoosiers on Friday. Saint Louis played two goalkeepers with Megan Depew-Brady making 11 saves and allowing six goals and Tori Westhead making three saves and allowing five goals.
The Billikens lost, 3-0, to Radford on Saturday. Depew-Brady made 10 saves. Megan Rogers leads Saint Louis offensive with 11 shots on the season.
Faith Mackin has the Billikens' lone goal of the season (vs. Central Michigan, 9/1). The Wildcats are 1-0 all-time against Saint Louis.
Scouting the Golden Flashes
Kent State (2-2) dropped its last game to No. 6 Syracuse, 6-2 on Sept. 8. Karleigh Carlin opened scoring for the Golden Flashes before the Orange notched five straight goals. Kent State goalkeeper Jahna Jordan made nine saves in the game.
The Wildcats are 2-3 all-time against Kent State.