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Sept. 9, 1997

Women's Soccer Week-In-Review

The Wildcats women's soccer team finished the week 1-1, winning their first game of the year, to bring their season record to 1-3. On Saturday, Sept. 6, against Wake Forest in the Wake Forest/Nike Tournament, the Wildcats lost to the Demon Deacons 2-0. After allowing two first half goals, the Cats held Wake Forest scoreless in the second half, but were unable to put any goals on the board against a strong Demon Deacon defense. Jeanne Hennessy played strong for Villanova in goal with nine saves.

On Sunday, Sept. 7, the Wildcats scored for the first time this season after a four-game drought and posted their first victory of the season with a 6-0 victory over High Point University. The win was the first collegiate victory for new head coach Ann Clifton.

Goals came in bunches for Villanova on Sunday, after the game went scoreless for nearly 15 minutes. At 14:31 into the first half, sophomore Lauren Sellers scored the first goal of the game off an assist from senior Beth McCaffrey to give the Wildcats a 1-0 lead. Villanova scored three more times in the first half, with senior Maura McGhee scoring two and Sellers adding her second, to give the Cats a 4-0 lead at intermission.

In the second half, junior Amy Poplawski scored her first of the season and assisted on another goal by sophomore Erica Rauchut to extend the Cats lead, and give them a 6-0 victory.

For the Wildcats, Sellers finished the game with two goals and two assists, while McGhee finished with two goals and one assist. On the defensive end, senior goalkeepers Jeanne Hennessy and Diana Anes combined on the shutout. For their exceptional play throughout the tournament, Sellers, McGhee and Poplawski were named to the Wake Forest/Nike All-Tournament Team.

The Wildcats next play at home on Sunday, September 14, against the Nittany Lions of Penn State at 1 pm.