Nova Solves Women’s Soccer in Sunday Matinee
VILLANOVA, Pa. – The Lafayette women’s soccer team ran into an offensive buzzsaw on Sunday afternoon on the road, falling by a 5-0 score at Villanova.
The Wildcats started early and often, notching a pair before the midway point of the opening half, a third just before halftime, and two more after the intermission. The loss drops Lafayette back to .500 on the season at 2-2, while improving the home side to 3-2 on the year.
Freshman goalkeeper Maggie Pohl was tested plenty in the opening half, facing 12 shots with six saves and three goals allowed. The six saves are the most for Pohl in her four halves of play this season. In the second stanza, senior Kelly O’Brien took over with three saves and two goals against in her 45 minutes of action.
Emily Kuefler got the home side on the board with a pair of goals off corner opportunities in the 15th and 23rd minutes. She tapped in the first after a mishandle by Pohl on the corner service. The second was set up when the original corner went through the box to an open Villanova player on the opposite side. On the ensuing cross, Kuefler found a spot in front and finished a clean header low into the right side.
Prior to the halftime break, Amanda Vocelka made it 3-0 on a rocket shot from about 25 yards out in the middle of the field. Her lefty boot hit the crossbar above Pohl and rattled down and into the net for the three-goal advantage.
Two more Villanova goals officially put the game out of reach over the second 45 minutes of play, finishing it off with a 5-0 final. The Leopards managed four shots on the afternoon, with junior Katie Brannigan and sophomore Mason Worthington putting one apiece on target.
Following back-to-back away from home, the Leopards return to Oaks Stadium for their next contest on Thursday, hosting Binghamton at 7 p.m.