Feb. 13, 2013
PRINCETON, N.J. -
The Wildcats headed to Princeton to face four opponents at the Princeton Invite this past weekend. Villanova put up tough efforts in matches versus No. 10 Princeton, No. 4 Cal, George Washington and Harvard. Freshman Naomi Ng notched four scores on the weekend for Villanova, including two in the close 14-9 loss to George Washington.
Game 1: Villanova 3, No. 10 Princeton 15
The No. 10 Tigers came out strong, scoring 12 goals in the first half. Villanova was able to get on the scoreboard as Julia Penkal (Harleysville, Pa.) registered a goal early in the game, but the Wildcats weren’t able to score for the remainder of the period.
Villanova stepped up their defense in the second half only allowing Princeton to three goals. Goaltender Maddi Moore (Malvern, Pa.) recorded four saves during the contest, while Julie Conrath (Inverness, Ill.) had two stops. Offensively, the Wildcats put in a good effort as Hannah Ishida and Naomi Ng (Kapolei, Hawaii) added a goal apiece.
Game 2: Villanova 1, No. 4 Cal 21
Villanova faced its second ranked opponent of the afternoon against No. 4 Cal. While the Wildcats didn’t come away with a win, the game was a true learning experience for the team and provided great practice and competition in preparation for the remainder of the season.
The Wildcats put up some decent shots on goal, but were only able to execute one 6-5 man up opportunity. Callan Edwards (Oxnard, Calif.) scored the sole goal for Villanova in the third quarter with an assist from senior Hannah Ishida (Honolulu, Hawaii). Maddi Moore registered six saves in the contest.
Game 3: Villanova 9, George Washington 14
George Washington just slid by the Wildcats 14-9 in their third contest of the tournament. Villanova kept the match close in the first quarter, but fell short on shots and man up opportunities in the second quarter as the Colonials had the 6-3 edge at halftime.
The Wildcats came out tough in the second half scoring three goals in a row, narrowing George Washington’s lead to only one goal. But it was the Colonials who pulled away in the final quarter and took home to 14-9 victory as time ran out.
Villanova was able to execute five out of 10 6-5 man opportunities to get some points on the scoreboard. Six different players recorded scores in the close match. Callan Edwards, Sadie Dutcher (Pasadena, Calif.) and Naomi Ng each had two goals, while Sarina Shibata (Honolulu, Hawaii), Hannah Ishida and Julia Penkal put back one goal apiece for the Wildcats.
Game 4: Villanova 4, Harvard 19
Villanova fell to Harvard for the second time this season in a 19-4 loss in their final game of the Princeton Invite. Despite the score, the Wildcats put in a valiant effort and played the Crimson tough through all four quarters. Villanova made some progress since their last meeting against Harvard, only allowing them to have a three-goal lead in the first quarter, half the amount that Harvard scored in the previous matchup last weekend.
The Wildcats netted two scores in the second quarter and ended the half down 6-2 to the Crimson. In the second half, Villanova was not able to execute shots attempts and only came away with two more scores. A let down on defense and offensive turnovers resulted in second chance and man down opportunities for Harvard as they eventually would come away with the win.
Defensively, the Wildcats registered nine defensive saves, while Maddi Moore had four of her own.
Villanova will head to the Bucknell Invite next weekend to face No. 14 Indiana, Bucknell and George Washington in Lewisburg, Pa.