With another parents’ weekend on its way, we take a look forward to a loaded week ahead.
Villanova football looks to build off an impressive road victory against Fordham, when they face up against CAA rival Delaware Blue Hens. Villanova comes into this game ranked #6 in the FCS as they start their brutal conference schedule. Delaware gave last year’s highly ranked Wildcats all they could handle at their home field, however Villanova prevailed with a 35-28 victory on a last minute touchdown pass by John Robertson. While Delaware is always a tough opponent, Andy Talley’s teams haven’t lost a Parents Weekend game since 2011. Similarly enough, Villanova hasn’t lost the “Battle of the Blue” since 2011. Hopefully the streak continues. This year’s chapter in the historic rivalry will take place on Saturday, September 19, at 12 p.m.
Thanks For The Invite:
The men’s and women’s cross country teams look to continue their seasons this Friday at the Main Line Invitational. The annual event is held at Haverford College and was won by UPenn’s men’s and women’s teams last year. The men’s and women’s team haven’t swept the competition since 2013, when both teams took the title home. The men’s team looks to rebound from a disappointing performance in the Big 5 Invitational, finishing last in the opening race of the season. Meanwhile, the women’s team will try to build off of a strong performance from their second place finish at the Big 5 Invitational.
The cross country teams are not the only ones participating in an invitational this weekend. The men’s and women’s tennis teams are both involved in their own tournaments. The men’s team had a strong start to the season, taking home three championships at the Stony Brook Classic. They will look to continue their impressive run at the St. Joseph’s Invitational. The women’s team has yet to begin their season, but will begin at the Bucknell Invitational this coming weekend.
The Men’s soccer team continues their season today, when they face off against rival Temple. The team got off to a hot start winning their first three games by a combined score of nine to four. However, the high octane offense was thwarted on the road by Monmouth three to one. They will come back to the pitch on Sunday, September 20th, at 1 p.m. for a game against Stony Brook. Both games are at home where the Wildcats are 2-0.
Big 5 Showdowns:
The soccer team is not the only team having a game going on today. The field hockey team faces off against Big 5 opponent Penn on the road as they look to turnaround their season. It has not been the best of starts for the Wildcats, having lost four of their first 5 games, with the lone win coming against Ball State. Each loss, however, was competitive with one game being determined in overtime and two others being decided by two goals or less.
The women’s volleyball team will be participating in the Big 5 Challenge this weekend, facing off against Penn, La Salle, and Temple. Villanova did well at last year’s tournament, winning two out of the three matchups. The team has been performing well this year winning seven out of their ten matches. After the challenge, they will start their Big East Conference play as they look to continue their early season success.
Mile High Matchup:
In search of their first win of the season, the women’s soccer team travels to Colorado to go up against Denver. This will be the sixth road game of the season for the Wildcats as they look to finally right the ship and chalk up a W. The team has been starving for offense as they did not score during their first five games of the year. The team put the ball in the net in their last game, however, breaking through in their game against Princeton.