Villanova, Pa. -
Senior Emily Kuefler scored a pair of goals and the Villanova women's soccer team defeated Lafayette, 5-0 on Sunday afternoon at the Higgins Soccer Complex.
Five goals is the most the Wildcats have scored in a single game since the season opener of the 2008 season when they beat UMBC 7-0.
With the win, Villanova moves to 3-2 on the season and the Lafayette Leopards are now 2-2.
"Today was the day that we stepped up to the game plan, we clicked on all cylinders. In front of goal, we took our chances that we worked so hard to create but what is more important,we kept a clean sheet," shared head coach Chris McLain.
Kuefler netted two goals for the first time in her career, the first came in the 14th minute off a corner kick played in by Daniela Nelson. The ball went through the Lafayette goalkeeper's hands and hit the ground right outside the goal line. Kuefler was able to get a touch on the ball and score Villanova's first goal.
It was Kuefler again who got a through ball from Conner Huggins places right in the center of the box, she was able to get her shot to fall into the left corner of the net and put Villanova up 2-0.
Less than three minutes before halftime Amanda Vocelka was able to get a goal of her own. She shot the ball from 18 yards out and it hit the inside of the crossbar and fall in. Villanova was up 3-0 at halftime.
Lafayette's Maggie Pohl played the first half in goal for the Leopards and had six saves before being switched out for Kelly O'Brien.
Just six minutes into the second half Villanova's Ida DiClemente scored her first goal of the season with the assist credited to Jasmine Ruiz. Ruiz passed the ball into the box and it was deflected off of a Leopard and placed in front of DiClemente, who was able to get her shot to fall.
The final Wildcats goal came on a success penalty kick that was taken by Kristin Barbour in the 72nd minute.
"I've known this coaching staff for years and knew his team would be up for the challenge," continued McLain. "I have a lot of time and respect for this program because his teams are always organized and well disciplined. They play good football. It was tough to break them down and I'm happy for our players that they found a way to score."
The Wildcats outshot Lafayette 19-4, and placed 14 of those shots on goal to the Leopards two. This was the second consecutive shutout for Emily Harris, who finished with two saves on the day.
Next weekend Villanova will travel to Lehigh for a Friday evening matchup before returning to the Main Line Sunday to host LaSalle. Game time at Higgins is set for 1 p.m.