Oct. 3, 2010
VILLANOVA, Pa. - Two different players had three shots apiece and Villanova (6-7, 1-4 Big East) owned a 12-5 shot advantage over visiting USF (7-3-2, 2-2-1 Big East) but that offensive pressure wasn't quite enough as the Wildcats were dealt a 1-0 defeat at the West Campus Soccer Complex on Sunday afternoon.
The only goal of the game was scored on a blast from 30 yards out in the 25th minute, when Taylor Patterson drilled a ball that was aided by the wind and carried into the upper half of the net to give the Bulls a 1-0 lead.
Villanova actually had a 7-3 edge in shots during the opening period, as the Wildcats stemmed the majority of the USF possessions from turning into dangerous scoring opportunities. After the Bulls goal, Villanova took four unanswered shots during the rest of the first half and nearly tied the score in the closing minutes of the stanza.
Following a corner kick by redshirt freshman defender Taylor Houck (Chalfont, Pa.) in the 42nd minute, the ball bounced around inside the 18-yard box for several seconds before junior forward Megan Verdeur (Levittown, Pa.) got a foot on it and fired a hard shot that was blocked by the USF defense. A rebound attempt of that shot by senior defender Patty Tierney (Churchville, Pa.) was high of the net and the score remained 1-0 at the intermission.
In the second half, the Wildcats persisted with their search for an equalizer and sophomore forward Heidi Sabatura (Lawrenceville, N.J.) had a pair of good looks. One of those attempts was saved by Bulls goalkeeper Nicole McClure and the other went just inches right of the goal in the 81st minute. Sabatura and senior midfielder Justine Wollner (Downingtown, Pa.) each had a game-high three shots.
Physical play from both sides marked much of the game and USF was whistled for 17 fouls, compared with Villanova being called for 12 fouls. A foul against the Bulls in the 87th minute led to a free kick for the Wildcats inside USF territory but that chance proved to be the last scoring opportunity of the game.
Both teams registered three shots on goal and freshman goalkeeper Jami Kranich (Hamden, Conn.) had one save in each half for Villanova. McClure had three saves for the Bulls, including two in the first half.
Today's game concluded a stretch in which the Wildcats played five of their last six games at home. The team now heads out on the road for its next four contests, beginning this coming Friday when Villanova visits Louisville for a 7 p.m. contest.