Oct. 2, 2013
VILLANOVA, Pa. - The Villanova women's soccer team (4-5-2, 1-1-0) continues BIG EAST Conference action this week when they travel to Xavier (7-3-1, 0-2-0) and DePaul (6-2-2, 0-1-1) this Thursday and Sunday to take on the Musketeers and Blue Demons. Game time versus Xavier is slated for 6:30 p.m. while the Wildcats meet DePaul at 2 p.m. ET on Sunday.
Villanova This Season: The Wildcats enter this weekend with a 4-5-2 overall record a 1-1-0 mark in the BIG EAST after defeating Butler 2-0 last Thursday and falling to Marquette 1-0 on Sunday. Villanova had the chance to score the equalizer in a penalty kick against the Golden Eagles but an excellent save by the Marquette keeper solidified the win for MU. Following the contests this week, there are just five games left in the regular season.
A Look at Xavier: Thursday marks the first-ever meeting between Xavier and Villanova. Xavier brings a 7-3-1 overall record and a 0-2-0 mark in the BIG EAST after falling to St. John's and Georgetown last week. The Musketeers have claimed wins over North Dakota, Purdue, Evansville, Cincinnati, Morehead State, Northern Kentucky and Northwestern Ohio. Losses on the year have come via Indiana, St. John's and Georgetown and they've drawn with Eastern Kentucky.
Tori Doss leads the team with 10 points via three goals and four assists while Mariah Whitaker has provided two goals and one assists for five points. Katie Markesbery and Rachel Piccus have split time in net and combined post a 1.34 goals against average and a .805 save percentage.
`Nova vs. DePaul: Sunday marks the 10th overall meeting between Villanova and DePaul with Villanova holding a 7-1-1 advantage in the all time series. The two schools last met in the first round of the BIG EAST Championship last season with Villanova falling 3-0 to the Blue Demons at West Campus Soccer Complex.
A Look at DePaul: DePaul owns a 6-2-2 overall record and 0-1-1 mark in the BIG EAST. Wins have come via Saint Louis, Ohio, College of Charleston, Milwaukee, Colgate and Loyola. Losses have come by Valparaiso and Providence and the Blue Demons have drawn with Green Bay and Georgetown.
Elise Wyatt leads the team with 12 points via five goals and two assists while Ashleigh Goddard follows closely behind with three goals and two assists for eight points. Alejandria Godinez has been the primary goalkeeper this season and owns a 0.66 goals against average and a .885 save percentage.