Nov. 1, 2007
On Thursday afternoon Villanova (11-3-6) defeated the University of South Florida (4-10-3) by a 2-0 score at the West Campus Soccer Complex to advance to the quarterfinals of the BIG EAST Championship this Sunday at West Virginia. Below are some post-game notes.
Villanova will be making its seventh straight appearance in the BIG EAST Championship quarterfinals. Today's game marked the first time since the conference tournament expanded to 10 teams that the Wildcats have played in a first round play-in game to reach the quarterfinal round. The win over USF was also the team's first conference tournament win since a 1-0 win at West Virginia on October 31, 2004. Villanova is 4-10-3 all-time in the BIG EAST Championship, including a 4-9 record in its first game of the tournament. The Wildcats have appeared in 13 of the 15 BIG EAST Championship tournaments since the event began in 1993.
Villanova has a national-best 14 shutouts on the season, one better than Virginia. The Cavaliers have 13 shutouts in 17 games and lead the nation in shutout percentage (.765). With today's win, the Wildcats remain second in shutout percentage with 14 shutouts in 20 games (.700).
Since the 1999 season, Villanova has been unbeatable when it scores the first goal of a game and when it enters halftime with a lead. The Wildcats are unbeaten in their last 102 games (97-0-5) when scoring the game's first goal, including 11-0 this season, since November 13, 1999. Additionally, the team is unbeaten in its last 65 games (62-0-3) since the start of the 1999 season.
Entering this afternoon's contest, Mabery had not scored a goal since the ninth game of the season, a 4-0 win over Penn on September 23. She also had not recorded a point since having an assist in a 1-1 tie against Seton Hall on September 30. With her three-point performance today, she retains the team lead with 16 points on the season (six goals, four assists). Mabery has 14 career assists, of which three have come on goals scored by Hartung (two this season). The three goals scored by Hartung on assists from Mabery are the most among current players on the team. It seems that as Mabery goes, so go the Wildcats. Villanova had not scored more than one goal in any game since getting four goals against Penn.
Mabery became the fourth player in school history to reach 30 career goals with her tally today, which moved her into a tie for fourth place in team history with former teammate Laura Johnson (2001-04). Mabery also remained in sixth place in career points as she boosted her total to 74 (30 goals, 14 assists).
Hartung scored the game-winning goal for the second straight game and leads the Wildcats with four game-winners this season. Her six goals overall tie her for the team lead with Mabery. Hartung is now second on the team with 14 points for the season (six goals, two assists) and has five career game-winning scores.