On Saturday, the Villanova University men’s soccer team faced off against the DePaul Blue Devils at the Higgins Soccer Complex.
It may have been unseasonably cold for an early October afternoon, but that couldn’t stop the red-hot Wildcats attack, as Villanova triumphed over DePaul for their third straight win by a score of 4-2.
The Wildcats entered the game with back-to-back wins and were able to keep the momentum going early. Redshirt junior Miguel Polley put one in the back of the net after receiving a pass from Padraig McCullaugh, capitalizing on a breakaway opportunity in the 10th minute.
Their next goal was a gift, with Sean Teixeira’s cross pass being inadvertently deflected past DePaul goalie Quentin Low by a Blue Devils back.
From there, Villanova never relinquished their lead, combining their offensive aggression with a solid performance from goalie Will Steiner, who recorded six saves for Villanova, doing his best to stifle a talented DePaul offensive unit.
In the 45th minute, DePaul was able to get on the board just before the half, DePaul’s German striker Hans Wustling finished got the rebound off of a penalty kick and put the it in to make it 2-1.
However, Villanova regained their composure after the break and immediately went back to work. After numerous attempts, the Wildcats were able to cushion their lead further when Zach Zandi was able to get a shot past a diving Low, on an assist from Polley.
With the padded lead, the team began to play more comfortably, and the game ended with Villanova and DePaul trading late goals. Simon Megally connected on a free kick that just bent out of Steiner’s reach to add a late goal for the Blue Devils.
The victory moved Villanova’s record to 6-3-1 for the season, and 2-1 in Big East play. Their next game is on Tuesday, October 4th, where they will be taking on the Temple Owls at 4 p.m.