Sept. 15, 2013
VILLANOVA, Pa. - The Villanova women's soccer team took a 2-0 lead in the first half and held on for the win as the Wildcats posted a 2-1 victory over St. Francis on Sunday afternoon.
Junior Victoria Gersh (Silver Spring, Md.) and sophomore Christina Camassa (Freehold, N.J.) both contributed a goal and an assist in the triumph as freshman Katie Martin (Dallas, Texas) provided an additional two assists on the afternoon to help propel Villanova to the victory.
With the win, the Wildcats improve to 3-3-2 on the year while St. Francis fell to 3-4-1. The victory also marked the third straight defeat of the Red Flashes in program history for the Wildcats who now own a 3-0-0 mark against St. Francis in the all-time series. It also marked the first career points for Camassa who had an outstanding afternoon creating opportunities on attack.
Villanova once again struck early in the match after getting off to a quick start where they posted four shots in the opening 10 minutes. In the 12th minute, Martin and Gersh provided a one-two punch to get the ball to Camassa who sent the ball high into the center of the net to give the Wildcats the early 1-0 lead.
The trio connected once again just five minutes later when a pass into the 18 found Gersh who sent the ball to the low far post to put the `Cats up by two. The Wildcats continued to dominate the remainder of the half and at intermission owned a 10-6 advantage in shots and a 5-4 advantage in shots on goal over the visitors.
The relentless Villanova attack came out fighting in the second stanza and immediately began to find chances. Junior Caitlin Forte (Selbyville, Del.), who had been a keen playmaker all day, notched two shots in the 52nd and 57th minute that forced St. Francis goalkeeper Jessica Andrew to make point-blank saves that kept the Red Flashes in the contest.
Following personnel change, St. Francis began to find their footing and capitalized on openings in the Villanova defense. In the 70th minute, SFU's Eloa Nascimento placed a free kick into the 18 where Alecia NcNiff tapped in the rebound to cut the VU deficit to one at 2-1.
Despite the minor St. Francis comeback with 20 minutes left to play, the Wildcats controlled possession and held on to the victory. Villanova went on to own a 16-10 advantage in shots and an 8-7 advantage in shots on goal for the afternoon. Corner kicks were tied a three apiece.
Defensively, Villanova goalkeeper Jami Kranich (Hamden, Conn.) tallied six saves in the win while SFU's Andrew posted six in the defeat.
Villanova will return to action for their final non-conference game of the year when they face their former BIG EAST rival Rutgers on Friday, Sept. 20. Game time is slated for 5:30pm at Yurcak Field in Piscataway, N.J.