Aug. 30, 2012
VILLANOVA, Pa. - The Villanova women's soccer team (1-2-1) travels to Richmond, Va. this Labor Day weekend to take on a pair of southern foes in Richmond (0-4) and Virginia Commonwealth (1-2-1) over the holiday. Game times are slated for 7pm on Friday evening at Richmond's Robins Center and 1pm Sunday afternoon at VCU's Sports Backers Stadium.
Villanova looks to get back to their winning ways after dropping two straight contests to Drexel and Saint Joseph's less than a week ago. The Wildcats played hard fought battles against their Philadelphia rivals but couldn't keep up momentum to solidify the wins. Senior Heidi Sabatura (Lawrenceville, N.J.) and freshman Rhea Barghash (Watchung, N.J.) paced VU with one goal apiece while senior goalkeeper Kelsey Quinn (Mt. Airy, Md.) collected a combined 11 saves, including a career-high 10 stops against Drexel in the defeats.
On the year, the Wildcats are led by the one goal and two assists of Sabatura while Stephanie Myers (Frisco, Texas), Reanna Marino (South Huntingdon, N.Y.), Hayley Wilson (Leonardstown, Md.), Emily Damstrom (Martinsville, N.J.), Victoria Gersh (Silver Spring, Md.) and Bargash have all contributed points for the season. Defensively, Alexa Carugati (Newtown, Pa.), Taylor Houck (Chalfont, Pa.), Kendra Jones (Hershey, Pa.) and Kathryn Rayner (Needham, Mass.) have been the mainstays of the backfield in all four matches and will look to continue their dominating presence this weekend.
Richmond will be looking for their first win of the season after dropping their first four contests on the road to begin the year. The Spiders haven't shied away from taking on some of the toughest competition in the NCAA, facing No. 3 Wake Forest (L, 4-1), No. 22 Virginia Tech (L, 2-0), Longwood (L, 2-1) and William and Mary (L, 3-0). The Spiders are led by Meghan Hayden and Ashley Williams on offense and are backed in net by Andrea Young's 18 saves on the young season.
The VCU Rams share an identical record with the Wildcats after facing High Point (T, 1-1 2OT), Longwood (W, 3-0), Akron (L, 2-1) and Tennessee (L, 2-0) to begin the season. Breiana White, Maren Johansen and Cristin Granados pace the squad with three points each while goalkeepers Kristin Carden and Emma Kruse have split time and combined for 11 saves on the year.
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