Villanova is 16-11-3 (.583) all-time in season openers and is unbeaten in the first game of a season over the last 12 years. Dating back to the start of the 2001 season the Wildcats are 11-0-1 in season openers, with the one tie coming in a 1-1 draw at home against James Madison last year.
With today's victory Villanova is now 23-4-3 all-time in the month of August.
Senior forward Heidi Sabatura (Lawrenceville, N.J.) registered assists on both of the goals scored in today's game, extending her career total to 22 career assists. That total moves her into a tie for seventh place in school history in assists. She is tied with former teammate Katie Ryan (2008-11) and Julie Battista (1999-02). Sabatura needs two more assists to tie Erin Hardiman (2005-08) for sixth place on the all-time list.
Senior goalkeeper Kelsey Quinn (Mt. Airy, Md.) needed to make just one save against American to register her first career solo shutout. She was playing her ninth game in goal, made her third career start and is now 2-1 in those starts with an overall .643 save percentage.
Freshmen midfielders Emily Damstrom (Martinsville, N.J.), Renee Hart (Bethesda, Md.) and Hayley Wilson (Leonardstown, Md.) each were in the starting lineup for today's contest. Dating back to the 2005 season the Wildcats have had at least one true freshman in the starting lineup for the season opener six times in the last eight years.
In addition to having three freshmen in the starting lineup Villanova also debuted five other first-year players in today's game. Freshman forwards Reanna Marino (South Huntingdon, N.Y.) and Christina Camassa (Freehold, N.J.), midfielder Rhea Barghash (Watchung, N.J.) and defenders Shannon Rhodes (Brooklyn, N.Y.) and Michelle Weise (Syracuse, N.Y.) all saw their first collegiate action.
The Wildcats used all 17 of their available players in today's game and showed off the additional depth on the roster this season by having 16 players see at least 10 minutes of action.
Today's game was the fourth meeting all-time between the Wildcats and American, whose previous meeting was back in 1994. Villanova leads the all-time series by a 3-1 count. The win in the series by the Eagles came in the only previous meeting at the West Campus Soccer Complex and occurred during the 1993 season.
The Wildcats are 28-9-3 (.738) all-time against the teams that currently make up the Patriot League.