Sep 8, 2013
VILLANOVA, Pa. - A trio of first half goals made the difference as Villanova toppled the Richmond Spiders 3-0 on Sunday afternoon at West Campus Soccer Complex. Freshman Caroline Brown (Raleigh, N.C.) led the squad with two goals while classmate Katie Martin (Dallas, Texas) added two assists for the afternoon to lead the `Cats.
With the win, Villanova improved to 2-2-2 on the year while Richmond fell to 1-4-1. The victory marked the Wildcats second shutout of the season while the Spiders scoring struggles continue - Richmond has yet to score a goal in over 430 minutes of action dating back to August 25th. It also marked the largest margin of victory for Villanova over an opponent dating back to a 4-1 win over West Virginia on October 2nd, 2011.
Head Coach John Byford states, "We've got some new players and people playing new positions. Every year it takes a few games to mold a new team into being comfortable to their places on the field, and I think we showed that we can put a lot of players into different positions this season and especially today."
The Wildcats have had to shift players around due to injury but have been able to capitalize on their versatility with today's win. From the start Villanova showed poise and possession in today's contest marked by their ability to capitalize on early chances. Just three minutes into the contest, sophomore Reanna Marino (Massapequa, N.Y.) took a feed inside the 18 from Martin and Victoria Gersh (Silver Spring, Md.) and finished to the right side near post to give VU the early 1-0 lead.
Just under 10 minutes later, the Wildcats struck again off a corner kick when a beautiful serve by junior Caitlin Forte (Selbyville, Del.) found its way to the center of the box as Brown headed the ball into the top right of the net for the finish.
Brown states, "[Caitlin] Forte places perfect balls every time and I was in the right place at the right time. I just try to time my run to when she's about to play it. I think people forget about me because I'm shorter, but I just try to make sure my timing is perfect and sneak in from behind."
The third goal of the game was solidified in the 16th minute when Brown found herself in the right place at the right time off a scramble inside the box. An initial Martin shot deflected off the Richmond defense, but Brown was able to put the ball home to secure the3-0 lead within the first 20 minutes of action.
The score would go on to hold for the remainder of the contest as Villanova dominated both the pace of play and possession. Villanova outshot the Spiders by a 13-8 margin on the afternoon with an 8-3 advantage in shots on goal.
Defensively, senior goalkeeper Jami Kranich (Hamden, Conn.) made three saves in the win while Richmond's Devin O'Brien and Emily Kelly combined for five on the afternoon.
Villanova will be back in action Thursday, Sept. 12th when they La Salle at West Campus Soccer Complex. Game time is slated for 4 p.m.