Oct. 3, 2013
CINCINNATI, Ohio - Goals by sophomore Reanna Marino (Massapequa, N.Y.) and freshman Katie Martin (Dallas, Texas) helped propel the Wildcats to a 2-1 victory over the Xavier Musketeers on Thursday night in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Wildcats dominated play early on and made the most of their chances to post the win in the first-ever meeting between the two institutions.
With the victory, Villanova improves to 5-5-2 overall and 2-1 in the BIG EAST while Xavier drops to 7-4-1 overall and 0-3 in the conference. The Wildcats will continue on with their BIG EAST road weekend when they make the short trek to Chicago to face DePaul on Sunday afternoon.
Marino's score in the 12th minute put Villanova on the board early with assists credited to freshman Caroline Brown (Raleigh, N.C.) and Martin for the 1-0 lead. The Wildcats dominated the remainder of play for the first half but the Musketeers managed to take a few shots on goal, but no opportunities were threatening to the stingy Villanova defense.
Coming out of intermission, the Wildcats continued to attack and had several runs towards goal that looked promising. In the 60th minute, junior Caitlin Forte (Selbyville, Del.) and sophomore Emily Damstrom (Short Hills, N.J.) played a ball through to an open Martin who placed the ball into the low right corner just outside the reach of Xavier keeper Katie Markesbery. The score would give Villanova a 2-0 lead with just under 30 minutes left in regulation.
The Musketeers battled back 12 minutes later when Taylor Dearbaugh and Catherine Allon connected to send the ball to the high right corner of the net past Villanova's Jami Kranich (Hamden, Conn.) and cut the Villanova lead to one. Despite their score in the 72nd minute, the Wildcat lead would hold as Villanova held on for the win in Cincinnati.
Defensively, junior Kathryn Rayner (Needham, Mass.) and senior Taylor Houck (Chalfont, Pa.) were once again stalwarts in the backfield and stifled the Xavier offense with exceptional aggressive and technical play. Kranich posted five saves for the victory while Markesbery matched that effort with five in the defeat.
Villanova will be back in action on Sunday afternoon when they try to revenge their 2012 season-ending defeat against the DePaul Blue Demons. Game time is slated for 2 p.m. ET and will be available to view and track on the DePaul website platforms.