Sept. 11, 2007
VILLANOVA, Pa. - In a non-conference game on Tuesday afternoon, Villanova (4-0-1) scored early and often in an 11-0 victory over visiting St. Peter's (0-5) at the West Campus Soccer Complex. Sophomore Erin Byrnes (Sayville, N.Y.) turned in the finest offensive performance of her career, recording three goals and three assists for a total of nine points.
The undefeated Wildcats opened the scoring with back-to-back goals from senior Stacia Hartung (Rochester, N.Y.) in the fourth minute and the sixth minute. In all, six different players scored goals and Villanova added eight assists on its run of scoring to round out the game.
With the score already 4-0 past the midpoint of the first half, freshman Justine Wollner (Downingtown, Pa.) and Byrnes scored consecutive goals in just 17 seconds to stretch the margin to 6-0. A second goal by Wollner in the 41st minute closed the scoring in the opening period with the score 7-0 in favor of the Wildcats.
Byrnes, who came off the bench in the game, scored at the 60:22 mark and the 71:50 point in the second half for the first two goals of the period. Those tallies completed her hat trick, the second in as many games by a Villanova player. In the 75th minute, freshman Rachel Schuyler (Cheshire, Conn.) netted her first career goal at the 74:19 mark.
The Wildcats generated a 35-1 edge in shots and did not allow their opponent a single corner kick for the second straight game. Sophomore Jessica Carnevale (Princeton, N.J.) scored a goal in each half to join Hartung, Wollner and Byrnes as multiple goal scorers. Carnevale scored her first goal of the season just over nine minutes into the game and added the final goal in the 82nd minute.
In goal for Villanova, sophomore Molly Williams (Hinsdale, Ill.) made her first collegiate start and played 69:12 to pick up the victory. Junior Leann Kania (Pittsburgh, Pa.) played the final 20:48 as the two players shared the shutout, the fourth in five games for the Wildcats this season.
The win was a team effort for Villanova, which used 20 of the 24 players on its roster and received points from seven different players. Leading scorer Nikki Mabery (Phoenix, Ariz.) had one assist while fellow senior Kaley Guthrie (Ogdensburg, N.J.) added one goal and one assist. The game was a chance for the Wildcats to display a superb passing and ball-control game, as the Peahens were limited to just one second-half shot.
Next up for Villanova is a 5:30 p.m. game at Lehigh on Friday evening. In a busy week, the Wildcats also return home on Sunday afternoon for a 1 p.m. contest against Temple.
NOTES: Mabery had a hat trick in Villanova's victory over Robert Morris on Sunday ... Byrnes had registered only one point through the first four games before totaling nine points today ... She had seven points (three goals, one assist) as a freshman last season ... The 11 goals marked the most in a game in the 11-year tenure of head coach Ann Clifton ... The Wildcats defeated Howard 11-0 on October 27, 2002 ... The only other time the team scored double-digit goals was in a 1986 victory over La Salle (13-0) ... Wollner's goals were the first two of her collegiate career after she got her first collegiate point with an assist against Robert Morris ... Hartung recorded the first multiple goal game of her career and Carnevale the second of hers ... Villanova has outscored its opposition 20-1 through five games.