VILLANOVA, Pa. - The Villanova Women's Soccer team (1-3-2) will host the Villanova Classic for the first time in two years beginning this Friday, Sept. 7th and Sunday, Sept. 9th, welcoming William and Mary (3-2-0), La Salle (2-2-0) and Seton Hall (5-1-0) to West Campus Soccer Complex for four contests during the course of the two-day tournament.
The Classic kicks off on Friday with the Wildcats taking on William and Mary at 11 a.m. followed by La Salle vs. Seton Hall at 1:30 p.m. On Sunday, Seton Hall will face William and Mary at 1:30 p.m. while Villanova will conclude the tournament against La Salle.
The Wildcats will look to improve upon their 1-3-2 record after falling less than a week ago to Richmond, 3-1, on August 31st and finishing with a double overtime draw against VCU, 1-1, on September 2nd. Sophomore midfielder Caitlin Forte (Selbyville, Del.) collected the first two goals of her career after posting points in each match and was honored for her performances with a BIG EAST Honor Roll accolade to begin the week. Forte currently ranks second on the team with four points and is just one notch shy of senior Heidi Sabatura (Lawrenceville, N.J.) for the top spot.
Defensively, senior goalkeeper Kelsey Quinn (Mt. Airy, Md.) has posted 29 saves through six games and currently ranks first in the BIG EAST. Her 4.83 saves per game are good for second in the league, just behind Cincinnati's Kristina Utley. 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 six matches and will look to continue their dominating presence this weekend.
On the offensive side, Stephanie Myers (Downingtown, Pa.), Reanna Marino (South Huntingdon, N.Y.), Rhea Barghash (Watchung, N.J.), Victoria Gersh (Silver Spring, Md.), Hayley Wilson (Leonardstown, Md.) and Emily Damstrom (Martinsville, N.J.) have all contributed points on the season alongside Sabatura and Forte and will look to get the Wildcats on the right track this weekend.
Villanova has quite the track record hosting their own on-campus tournament, posting a 14-1-1 record for a .906 win percentage dating back to the first Villanova Classic in 1986. This weekend marks the ninth time in program history that the Wildcats have played in their own in-season tournament on campus.