VILLANOVA, Pa. - In the opening game of the Villanova Classic at the West Campus Soccer Complex the only goal of the contest was scored in the 80th minute as Villanova (1-4-2) lost a 1-0 decision to William & Mary (4-2) early Friday afternoon. The game was the first of four this weekend in the eighth edition of the Wildcats home tournament.
Both sides played crisp soccer on a hot day and there were a number of scoring chances each way before Mallory Schaffer found the back of the net for the Tribe at the 79:50 mark. She collected a feed into the box from Cortlyn Bristol and shot to the middle of the net to break what had been a 0-0 battle to that point.
For the game Villanova owned a 16-15 overall advantage in shots while William & Mary maintained a 6-5 margin in shots on goal. Both goalkeepers had identical totals of five saves, as senior Kelsey Quinn (Mt. Airy, Md.) for the Wildcats and Caroline Casey for the Tribe had three stops in the first half and two more saves in the decisive second period.
Villanova was stymied as much by a pair of unlucky bounces as it was by the William & Mary goal. Two of the Wildcats shots in the game - one in each half - hit either the crossbar or the goalpost prior to the one goal being scored. Sophomore forward Stephanie Myers (Frisco, Texas) led all players with six shots in the game, while senior forward Heidi Sabatura (Lawrenceville, N.J.) had three looks at the net.
Schaffer's goal for the Tribe came just minutes after the Wildcats nearly broke through to open the scoring. Junior defender Taylor Houck (Chalfont, Pa.) drilled a free kick from more than 30 yards out which was saved by Casey in the 75th minute, freshman midfielder Rhea Barghash (Watchung, N.J.) followed up with a rebound shot that went high of the net and finally Myers hit the left goalpost in the 77th minute.
Only one scoring chance materialized after the William & Mary goal and it came with less than three minutes remaining when another excellent look for Myers was turned away on Casey's fifth and final save of the afternoon.
Schaffer and Bristol had three shots apiece for the Tribe, who outshot Villanova by a 10-7 count in the second half after the Wildcats owned a 9-5 margin in shots during the first period. Barghash had a nice shot tipped over the net by Casey in the 14th minute, Sabatura hit the crossbar in the 39th minute and a rebound by freshman forward Renee Hart (Bethesda, Md.) was blocked.
Following the game the completion of Friday's doubleheader was set to take place and feature La Salle against Seton Hall. The tournament concludes on Sunday when William & Mary plays Seton Hall at 1:30 p.m., followed by the Wildcats hosting La Salle at 4:30 p.m.