Villanova Holds Off Lafayette's Comeback
Oct. 9, 2012
VILLANOVA, Pa. - Lafayette completed the road portion of its 2012 non-conference schedule, falling 2-1 to BIG EAST foe Villanova on Tuesday afternoon at Villanova Soccer Complex.
The Wildcats scored a pair of goals in the first 20 minutes and held on for their first-ever win against Lafayette after a furious Leopards' second-half attack.
With the win, Villanova improves to 9-2-2 overall, while Lafayette drops to 5-7-1.
Villanova got its offense on the board early when Oscar Umar sent a left-footed cross from the near sideline to the far post where Ryan Quane headed it down off the ground, bouncing it over Alexander Leavy’s head.
Less than two minutes later on the other end, Lafayette came within inches of tying the score off a Sean Peckham corner kick. Sophomore defender Julian Plummer got his head on the service but put it off the crossbar. Villanova cleared the danger and the Leopards were unable to score on the ensuing corner.
After surviving two more Lafayette corners, Villanova added to its lead in the 19th minute with an attack down the right side. Dylan Renna sent a line-drive cross into the box for Kyle Soroka who one-timed a shot past Leavy.
Down 2-0, Lafayette continued to earn its share of chances in the latter portion of the first half, but were unable to put one behind Villanova keeper John Fogarty. Senior Rob Bedson had a shot sail high and wide, a chance was blocked following a Josh Brown throw-in and Fogarty came off his line to cut down shots on two other opportunities.
Holding onto its 2-0 halftime advantage, Villanova's Daniel Gonzalez had a chance inside the Leopards' 18, but Leavy knocked away Gonzalez's shot at the near post.
Shortly after Nova's chance, Greg Biggiani led a Lafayette counter attack and fed Blake Fink to his right, but Fink's attempt was deflected wide of the goal. Fink then got another chance following a pass from Kyle Scharfenberg, but Fogarty was aggressive off the goal line and smothered the ball before he could take a shot.
Lafayette continued to knock on the door and finally Alec Golini cut the lead in half by scoring his team-leading sixth goal of the year with 10 minutes to play. A run by Fink down the center of the field started the play before he fed it to Biggiani streaking to his right. Biggiani played a ball on the ground to Golini, who was trailing the play at the top of the box, where he took a touch and slotted a shot into the far side netting.
With less than 90 seconds to play, Lafayette continued to pressure Villanova in the Wildcats' defensive third, but had a goal disallowed because of an offside call after a defender cleared a shot off the line seconds before the ball found the back of the net.
Lafayette returns to the pitch on Saturday when it hosts American at Oaks Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. and the contest can be seen on GoLeopards.com/allaccess.
Greg Biggiani made his first career start at forward for Lafayette
Today's match was the ninth meeting between the two sides and Lafayette now leads the all-time series 5-1-3
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