Oct. 31, 2013
VILLANOVA, Pa. - The Villanova women's soccer team (6-8-3, 3-4-1) hosts Providence (5-9-3, 2-6-0) this Saturday for the final game of the 2013 regular season. The Wildcats and Friars will square off at Noon and the contest will also serve as Senior Day for Villanova's three graduating seniors in Taylor Houck, Kendra Jones and Jami Kranich.
The important BIG EAST matchup is a critical one for Villanova as they look to secure a spot in the first round of the BIG EAST Championship set to begin next Tuesday, Nov. 5th at campus sites. The top six teams will advance to the conference postseason with the top two seeds earning a bye into the semifinals.
Saturday will also serve as a doubleheader between the women's and men's soccer teams as the Villanova men will host Xavier at 3pm following the women's contest.
Villanova This Season: The Wildcats enter the weekend with a 3-4-1 BIG EAST record after falling 3-1 to No. 15 Georgetown last weekend. The Hoyas rattled off three goals in less than 18 minutes in the opening half while freshman forward Katie Martin scored the Wildcats only goal of the game on a penalty kick in the 67th minute. Following today's slate of games across the conference, the BIG EAST Championship field will be set. Marquette and Georgetown have both solidified a bye into the semifinals set for Nov. 8th in Milwaukee, Wis.
Martin leads the team with 22 points via six goals and 10 assists off of 31 shots. Sophomore Reanna Marino (Massapequa, N.Y.) follows closely behind with 10 points off of four goals and two assists while freshman Caroline Brown (Raleigh, N.C.) and junior Caitlin Forte (Selbyville, Del.) have posted eight and seven points each, respectively.11 Wildcats have record points this season through 16 games.
Senior goalkeeper Jami Kranich (Hamden, Conn.)has been the mainstay in net for Villanova this season playing all 1,590 minutes between the posts and boasts a 1.47 goals against average and a .726 save percentage.
`Nova vs. Providence: Saturday marks the 23rd meeting between the Friars and Wildcats with Villanova holding the advantage in the all-time series at 12-8-2. The Wildcats last me Georgetown on September 21st, 2012 and were on the winning end of a 2-0 battle at West Campus Soccer Complex.
A Look at Providence: The Friars bring a 5-9-3 overall record into Sunday's matchup and a 2-6-0 mark in BIG EAST play. Providence has claimed wins over Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Vermont, DePaul and Xavier.
Catherine Zimmerman leads the team with 14 points via six goals and two assists while Kathryn Hiller has tallied five goals and three assists for 13 points. Kristyn Shea, Megan Sweeney and Jessica Goudreault have split time in goal for the Friars this season and total a combined 87 saves for a .744 save percentage.