Campus may be shutting down, Philadelphia might be busy, but Villanova sports beats on. With the papal visit, comes lots of excitement and traffic. Regardless, the Wildcats continue on, here are the upcoming games and events to look forward to.
Going for 104:
The last time Villanova lost to Penn was in 1911, back when the Titanic was still considered “unsinkable,” and World War I didn’t even happen yet. A win on Thursday night would make it 104 years without a loss to the Quakers. Villanova enters Thursday night 2-1 and will look to Zack Bednarczyk, who was recently named CAA Rookie of the Week for his heroics in the Delaware game. As for John Robertson, he is said to be out indefinitely. An MRI revealed a torn PCL for Robertson. The Penn Quakers will come to Villanova 0-1, after losing to Lehigh in the season opener. Alex Torgersen will lead the charge for the Quakers. Torgersen is coming off a promising season in which he set a couple of school records for completions and pass attempts in a single game. He is also on a number of top-ten lists statistically for Penn. Torgersen had an impressive 336 yards, with two touchdowns and an interception versus Lehigh. This game will be Villanova’s first night home game. Kickoff is slated for Thursday night at 7 p.m.
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Big East Road Trip:
The Villanova women’s volleyball team is off to a great start. It currently sits at 10-3 and is coming off of a sweep at the Big 5 Challenge. Allie Loitz has played very well in her first season as a Wildcat. The sophomore outside hitter spent last season at Pepperdine before transferring in. She currently leads the team with 165 kills and 104 digs. The Wildcats will hit the road this weekend to start of the conference part of their schedule. First they will take on Georgetown on Friday night at 7 p.m. The Hoyas are in the middle of a rocky season, entering Friday at 6-7. Georgetown won two of its three games at the JMU Invitational. After playing the Hoyas, the Wildcats will then travel to Omaha to play the Creighton Bluejays for a Sunday afternoon game. The Bluejays are also 6-7, but they will have a chance to come in at .500 if they win against Seton Hall.
Getting Back on Track:
The men’s soccer team has lost two out of its last three games. However, the Wildcats did beat Stony Brook recently to improve to 4-2. Padraic McCullaugh has set the pace so far this season. The junior forward currently leads the team in goals and is tied for most assists. An early season injury really limited him last season, but now he’s back in action. Max Kroschwitz has also been playing well for Villanova thus far. The Wildcats will head over to Indianapolis for a match with Butler. Villanova has not had many road games so far this season, splitting both of them. As for the Bulldogs, they have yet to lose a game. Butler will head into Saturday night’s match with three wins and three ties. Most recently, Butler had back-to-back ties with Indiana and Loyola. The Bulldogs have not won a game in 11 days.
Rocky Mountain High and Low:
The women’s soccer team finally got over the hump this past week. It won its first game of the season, shutting out Denver 2-0 on the road. The celebration did not last long, as the Wildcats travelled about half an hour over to Boulder, where they lost 3-0. Villanova is looking to capture another win and this time will take its journey to Butler. It will not be an easy task for Villanova, as Butler currently sits at 7-3-1. However, the Bulldogs are coming off of a one-sided 4-1 loss to Kentucky. Although it may be a tough task to open conference play against the Bulldogs, after Sunday, Villanova will be back in the comfort of its own home.